BANGOR — Maine’s Department of Corrections commissioner says despite the escapes of two inmates last weekend, the state is relatively successful at keeping inmates inside its minimum-security prisons.

Last Sunday, two inmates walked out of the minimum-security Charleston prison and made it 22 miles away to a beach near Glenburn before they were caught near a boat landing. Commissioner Joseph Ponte said authorities had information that a grandmother of one of the men had a camp in that area.

Ponte said that over the last decade, Charleston has had only four escapes involving six prisoners, not counting last week’s.

The Bangor Daily News reported that Ponte said he thinks Maine has a very good record when it comes to inmate escapes.