The Prisons Department has stated that over 250 detainees had escaped from prisons around the country last year.
The Prisons Department’s Performance Report for 2010 that has been presented to Parliament states that 251 detainees had escaped from prisons around the country with the highest escapes of 43 being recorded from the Welikada Prison in Colombo.
The other inmates who have escaped are 14 inmates from Bogambara, 21 from Mahara, 13 from Watarekka and 26 from Pallekele.
The report has also stated that persons in remand prison have also escaped.
Meanwhile, 15,839 prisoners had been granted amnesties in 2010 and 12,861 prisoners have been released under the prisons’ general amnesty.