Day release rules for prisoners to be tightened following criticism

Child killer Alan Giles escaped from prison last year Credit: West Mercia Police

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.