Two men have escaped from separate regional NSW prisons in under a week.
A 41-year-old man who escaped from a Muswellbrook minimum security prison on Wednesday was caught in Orange on Thursday, police say.
That escape came five days after a 37-year-old man broke out of a minimum security prison in Goulburn on October 5.
He was arrested two days later in western Sydney and later charged with escaping lawful custody.
Corrections Minister David Elliott described the escapes as unacceptable – but defended the government’s record on prison security.
“Every prison escape is unacceptable and they are investigated by Corrective Services NSW to improve policy or procedures where necessary,” Mr Elliott said in a statement to AAP.
The minister said there were 11 escapes last financial year which was lower than the previous 12 months.