Security concerns following convicted murderer's prison break

Questions about security are being raised following the escape yesterday of a convicted murderer from the minimal security prison in Laval.

The Journal de Montreal reports 55-year-old Robert Gaudette escaped through his room window. Gaudette was serving a life sentence for killing his wife in 2000.

Conservative Senator Pierre-Hugues Boisvenu said he's not surprised by the escape. He claims that upon visiting the Montée Saint-François prison two years ago, he noticed there was little surveillance and inmates come and go as they please.

"They can go out early in the morning at 9 and just be back in jail late at night without any control," Boisvenu told CJAD 800 News.

"I ask, is that a prison or is that a motel?"

This was the same prison Hells Angel René Charlebois escaped from last September. Boisvenu said even minimum security prisons should have reinforced security and he also questions Corrections Canada's security review of inmates.

"Is the evaluation right or do we make the wrong evaluation on their possibility to escape that jail?" said Boisvenu.

Boisvenu is a longtime crime victims' rights advocate. His 27-year-old daughter Julie was kidnapped, raped and murdered in 2002.

Corrections Canada would only say the investigation is continuing.

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  1. Marguerite posted on 07/30/2014 03:03 PM
    Can someone please explain why murders are in a minimal security facility. Also, after the last three felons escaped via helicopters was there not also mentioned in regards to concerns over how the prison systems are run or is this just verbal diarrhea and we will continue to hear this every time some escapes. How about less talk and more action.
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