ANYONE CAPABLE OF PROVIDING ANY INFORMATION OR HAS SEEN EITHER OF THESE MEN NEED TO CONTACT THE POLICE IMMEDIATELY!
Escapee’s still at large:
Philippe Pelletier & Gilles Meloche – descriptions below.
Minimum-security facilities; a place where low-risk prisoners are kept, where a formal headcount is done four times a day and inmates are granted access to leave the prison grounds unsupervised throughout the day (officers maintain records of where prisoners are going and when they are expected to return).
For officers and the public, things took a remarkable turn for the worst – three inmates have escaped in the matter of a week. Correctional Service Canada spokesman Serge Abergel addresses the issue,
“It’s exceptional to have this many escapes in a week. With no escapes in the last four months or so, the timing of these escapes seems to be a coincidence.”
It is said that the perimeter around the minimum-security prisons are defined, but are not directly controlled.
“It’s not as if they dug a hole. This doesn’t happen at medium or maximum security. The individuals placed in these facilities are deemed to present a low risk to public safety.”
Alex Michaud-Robitaille, 27, a man who has served half of his two-year term while being scheduled to be released in a year, escaped on the 29th of September from a security facility nearby Ste-Anne-des-Plaines’ minimum-security prison. Fortunately, the man was recaptured by the SQ in Lavaltrie the 4th of October. Although additional time may not be added to Michaud-Robitalle’s sentence, the crown does now have the right to encourage a longer imprisonment.
Philippe Pelletier – No photo available.
Serving time since November of 2010 at the Montee St-Francois Institution in Laval, the 32-year-old was sentenced to a six-year term for theft, conspiracy to commit an indictable offense, possession of a weapon and disguise with intent. Philippe Pelletier escaped last Thursday.
He is described as 5-feet-11 weight of 159 pounds with brown hair and eyes. Pelletier has a sun tattoo on his back, a surgical scar on his abdomen and a scar on his left eyebrow.56-year-old escapee Gilles Meloche.
Now the third escapee has remained behind bars since his mid 20’s. In September of 1980, Gilles Meloche was convinced for armed robbery, theft, forcible confinement, attempted murder and second-degree murder with an indeterminate sentence*. The now 56-year-old was declared as missing Sunday night during the 10:45pm headcount.
Meloche has been described by CSC as 5-foot-7, weighing 240 pounds with shaved brown hair, blue eyes and glasses with black frames. He has a skull tattoo on his right arm, a heart tattoo on the inside of his left arm, a genie tattoo on the top of his left arm and a scar on his left hand.
During the past year, Abergel added, a total of six escapes have been reported from CSC jails in Quebec. All who had escaped were located at minimum-security facilities. The federal government has a total of 580 men in custody in three prisons, a total of 3, 000 federal prisoners.
After all was said and done, authorities did not comment on how the men could have escaped.
*indeterminate sentence n. the prison term imposed after conviction for a crime which does not state a specific period of time or release date, but just a range of time, such as “five-to-ten years”. It is one side of a continuing debate as to whether it is better to make sentences absolute (subject to reduction for good behavior) without reference to potential rehabilitation, modification or review in the future