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Prisoner 'walked' over 'chaotic' conditions at North Sea Camp

By Boston Target  |  Posted: October 08, 2012

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AN inmate walked out of North Sea Camp open jail because he could not cope with the "chaotic" conditions, Lincoln Crown Court has been told.

James Workman , who was serving an indeterminate jail sentence for public protection, has been moved to the Category D prison as part of his progression towards being released.

But last month he walked out after unsuccessfully attempting to raise issues with prison staff.

Workman travelled out of the area by train and after staying with a friend went to his ex-wife's house in Newark before handing himself in to police.

His lawyer Liz Harte told the court: "On July 2 he arrived at North Sea Camp and then things started to go awry. All about it appeared to him to be potential chaos.

"He decided he had to ask for help. He took the matter up with the people who he established were the right people – the offender manager unit.

"He literally knocked on the door. He was immediately turned away and was threatened with a disciplinary violation. In those circumstances he decided to leave."

Workman is now back in the more secure Lincoln Prison continuing to serve his original sentence which was imposed in 2009 for offences of violence.

The 33-year-old, of no fixed address, admitted escaping from custody on September 16 and was given a three month jail sentence to run alongside the indeterminate sentence he continues to serve.

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  • smudge64  |  January 12 2013, 9:39PM

    and the very sad thing is i know so many other people going through the same thing. the ipp is abolished because it didnt work.... but so many facing the same crisis and chaos as james did. for those living trying to live it..... its a hardship many wont have known.... no release date no nothing just 99 years and if u get free a license...show me the average citizen who lives by these rule s.............. a sentence and license destined for failure sadly .... my husband been offered a fantastic job on release ................. now there s the joke ..

  • smudge64  |  January 12 2013, 9:24PM

    im sure many people just looked at this post and thought .. tough luck your a prisoner . this man like many other ipp people have worked so hard and so long , just to get this far in an open ended sentence. you would like to think a cat d prison is so close to being home. this is the toughest part of the 99 year sentence..... no help no support no back up .... not enough staff too many prisoners ... wheels turning slow.... how can u progress? im not soft on crime i believe a sentence should fit the crime.... 3 years should mean 3 years...... not trying to prove ure not dangerous to society. could easily be managed by tags and curfews... the tax payer would feel the rewards. in the time mr workman was out he commited no crime,