The Ministry of Justice is set to tighten rules on day release from prisons following a series of offenders committing serious crimes - or even absconding from jail - whilst away from prisons.
Birmingham child killer Alan Giles was among the offenders who went on the run, prompting the rethink from the Ministry of Justice.
Giles, 56, was serving two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of 16-year-old Birmingham student Kevin Rickets in 1995 when he went missing last year.
He was captured after nine days and returned to HMP Hewell near Redditch.
Prisons minister Jeremy Wright said the system had been too lax up until now:
"We’re not prepared to see the failures of last summer repeated and public safety compromised.
“Temporary release can be an important tool in helping offenders reintegrate but it should not be an automatic right."
Day release prisoners will now only be allowed out for a specific purpose such as gaining work experience and will also have to wear electronic tags, once technology is made available.
Police have released a new photograph of an escaped child killer on the run in the West Midlands.
Alan Giles, 56, absconded from HMP Hewell, Redditch, last week.
He was serving two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of Quinton student Kevin Ricketts, 16, in 1995.
West Mercia Police believe Giles is probably in the south Warwickshire or south Worcestershire areas and may be sleeping rough.
The Sue Ryder charity has confirmed that Alan Giles, who absconded from HMP Hewell this week, near Redditch, was a volunteer at two Warwickshire charity shops.
He was serving two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of 16 year old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995.
Police hunting for missing prisoner Alan Giles are driving a large TV screen around South Warwickshire today, in the hope that someone will recognise his picture.
Giles left HMP Hewell on Monday morning.
Specialist search teams, including dogs and the police helicopter, are also being used in the man hunt.
Giles was at HMP Hewell, near Redditch, serving two life sentences for the kidnap and murder of 16 year old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995.
Police dogs are being used in the hunt for escaped killer Alan Giles after a number of "possible sightings" reported across South Warwickshire.
Detectives investigating the convicted murderer's disappearance from prison say they are searching caravan sites in the area and carrying out house-to-house inquiries in the search.
Officers have confirmed one of the positive sightings was in Inkberrow, and searches are continuing there today.
Det Ch Insp Paul Judge thanked the public for their help and urged people to keep ringing in with any possible sightings.
A manhunt for escaped murderer Alan Giles continues today, as police believe he may be hiding out in Warwickshire.
West Mercia Police and Warwickshire Police are searching for the 56-year-old, who went missing from HMP Hewell in Redditch earlier this week.
Giles, from Oldbury, was serving two life sentences for the murder and kidnap of 16-year-old Quinton student Kevin Ricketts in 1995.
He walked out of an open area of the prison on Monday.
West Mercia Police have released more information about Alan John Giles who absconded from HMP Hewell on Monday.
Detectives hunting child killer Alan Giles, who escaped from HMP Hewell in Redditch, Worcestershire, on Monday morning, have called on the 56-year-old to turn himself in to police.
West Mercia police are continuing their hunt for convicted murderer Alan John Giles who absconded from an open section at HMP Hewell on Monday.
At a press conference this afternoon the police appealed to the public to contact them with any details that can help their investigation.
They went on to warn people that the prisoner may present a danger to the public and that they should not approach the man if they spot him.
Regarding their on-going investigations the police stated: