QCS doesn't respond to reports of overcrowding and no alerts

QUEENSLAND Corrective Services did not provide a response when asked if overcrowding and budget cuts were affecting the Capricornia Correctional Centre.

By 7.30pm last night they also failed to provide details on the current capacity of the prison and how many people were currently incarcerated.

QCS did say the "community notification tree'' was activated about 9.30pm, as soon as it was confirmed the prisoners had escaped.

When it was brought to their attention that residents at Etna Creek had not received an alert, QCS again failed to respond.

A spokesperson did say prisoners placed in low security custody require a detailed assessment.

"Low security is seen as a step towards rehabilitation and graduated release," the spokesperson said.

"Kuhl and Morgan are the first prisoners to abscond from a low security Queensland correctional centre in almost 18 months, the longest period of no escapes in the last decade.

"Very few low security prisoners escape, but those who do are immediately returned to a high security facility after their arrest."

Factors taken into account include whether the offender has been compliant with prison conduct, progressed through intervention programs, the passage of time and willingness to work. Assessments are based on individual circumstances.



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