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HMP lockdown lifted

Six days after an escape attempt by two inmates, the lockdown at Her Majesty's Penitentiary has been lifted.
Six days after an escape attempt by two inmates, the lockdown at Her Majesty's Penitentiary has been lifted. -File photo

Justice minister commends staff for taking 'appropriate measures'

St. John's, N.L. — The lockdown at Her Majesty’s Penitentiary (HMP) has been lifted and the facility is back to normal operations.

According to a news released issued today, management is investigating the circumstances surrounding the incident.

“It is important that a thorough investigation can occur to ensure the safety and well-being of inmates and staff and make sure a similar incident does not happen again,” Justice minister Andrew Parsons said.

At about 5 p.m. Friday, corrections officers discovered two inmates attempting to escape the prison. Two inmates gained access to an unsupervised area of HMP and tried to escape through a window.

Corrections officers immediately locked down the facility.

“HMP staff took all the ‎appropriate and necessary precautionary measures and we commend them for their work,” Parsons said.

“I have full faith in the staff at HMP and I am confident in their ability to act promptly and efficiently in response to security issues such as this.”

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