Quebec's union of prison guards says the public security ministry dropped the ball after last year's prison break and that if it acted sooner perhaps three inmates wouldn't have been able to escape from the Orsainville detention centre the same way Saturday evening.
After two inmates escaped from the Saint-Jerome prison by chopper, in March 2013, Quebec's union of prison guards called on the provincial government to put measures in place so that it could not happen again.
But the union president Mathieu Lavoie says that never happened.
“The ministry didn’t learn its lesson 15 months ago, it should have responded much faster,” Lavoie said.
Lavoie also says he doesn't understand why the inmates’ S5 security code had been lifted.
“In my opinion it shouldn’t have been lifted, but the guards that work with the inmates are rarely consulted.”
Serge Pomerleau, Denis Lefebvre and Yves Denis all had the highest security rating in provincial jail.
But that was lifted a few weeks ago, which is why they were in the prison courtyard without shackles.
Lise Thériault, Quebec's public security minister, confirmed Monday that the inmates’ security ranking was lowered but she says she doesn't know why a judge would have agreed to such a request.