Jarrod Bleijie.
Jarrod Bleijie. Kari Bourne

Jarrod Bleijie called the Minister for Escapees

SHADOW corrective services minister Bill Byrne is blaming Jarrod Bleijie for a spate of escapes from Queensland jails.

"The Attorney-General, as Corrective Services Minister, is presiding over a shambles," Mr Byrne said.

Mr Byrne claims cuts to staff and court-based diversionary programs with successful records of rehabilitation with overloaded prisons were putting support staff and surrounding communities are at risk.

"Since June 2012 the number of inmates in Queensland jails has soared from 5,600 to 6,899 as a direct result of Mr Bleijie's policies." he said.

Mandatory sentencing menat jails had reached their official capacity.

"With more prisoners than beds and prison officers working at full stretch, it is inevitable that more problems will arise in the jails.

Police are currently searching for a convicted murderer who was serving a life sentence, and an armed robber who escaped from the prison farm at the Capricornia Correctional Centre near Rockhampton.

They are also on alert after a drug dealer absconded from the Blackall Work Camp.

Mr Byrne called the Attorney-General the Minister for Escapes, citing the embarrassment of Mr Bleijie's first juvenile boot camp which was shut down within hours of opening when two inmates ran away.


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