A prisoner from the Yatala Prison, Adelaide’s North East, Jake Devenney-Gill, has escaped.  Police said that Jake Devenney had escaped before 8:00 pm on Sunday.

Authorities initially reported that Jake escaped from Yatala Prison. Later however, the Correctional Services Department later confirmed that Devenney-Gill had escaped from the lower security pre-release center cottages .

Hunt for the prisoner is still going on. Witnesses have reported that he was seen running north of the prison and was also spotted in Modbury, Salisbury East and north-eastern suburbs after his escape, reported ABC.

Police issued a manhunt for the prisoner across the Valley View and Northfield areas. They also issued a public appeal. The report released by the authorities gave his physical description. It described him as a 29-year-old man who is of slim build. His height is 170 centimeter and he has blonde hair with a rat tail. He was last seen in black shorts and a blue singlet.

According to the Department of Correctional Services website, the pre-release center accommodates 104 low security prisoners in its cottages. The center was established to provide programs which facilitate the prisoners’ gradual release.

The prisoners are usually there, 12 to 18 months before the end of their jail sentence. During their stay they participate in accompanied and unaccompanied family leave, education, community work and work release programs. 

Police have not given any details of Devenney’s criminal background. They also said that he was unarmed at the time of his escape. They  considered him as harmless. Nevertheless, police warned not to approach him and asked the public to inform immediately in the assistance line on 131 444 or 000.

The prison break is very unusual as Devenney was in pre-release center and about to complete his sentence. By escaping he has actually increased the possibilities of a sterner sentence for him.