Gary Butcher to appear in court charged with escaping open prison

Gary Butcher will appear in court charged with escaping lawful custody after he was reported absent from HMP North Sea Camp near Boston. Butcher, 55, went missing in the early hours of Tuesday, May 31, from the open prison where he was serving a life sentence for aggravated burglary. Lincolnshire Police issued several appeals for the public to assist in finding Butcher, but he was eventually arrested in the Swadlincote area of Derbyshire at 11.39am yesterday, June 3. In an update, the force now says that Butcher will appear at the Southern Derbyshire Magistrates’ Court this morning, June 4.

The force says that Butcher will be returned to a closed condition prison after his court appearance. HMP North Sea Camp is an open prison, a jail where prisoners are trusted to complete their time with minimum supervision. Read more: Mum astounded after woman who hit her son in busy road ‘failed to tell the police’ and drove off

Security in open prisons is minimal, with prisoners being allowed to undergo employment while serving their sentences. Prisoners in open prisons are usually considered at low risk of reoffending. The idea behind open prisons is with a focus on rehabilitation rather than punishing prisoners.

In England, there are 13 open men’s prisons and two open women’s prisons.

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