"Today the Michigan Attorney General's Office released a report of its findings in the Michael Elliot escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility in Ionia, Mich. Feb. 2, 2014.
Many of the AG's recommendations to prevent another escape echo what MCO has been saying for years: staff the gun towers to deter escapes and prevent the introduction of contraband; restore the full-time perimeter security patrols; and treat inmates serving life sentences as the security threat that they are.
The AG's report also indicates the escape was the result of system-wide managerial failures."
Michigan Corrections Organization Statement
LANSING, Mich. (AP) -- Michigan's attorney general is recommending numerous changes in prison security after a convicted quadruple murderer escape earlier this year.
Bill Schuette's independent investigation into the February escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility flagged problems with video surveillance, fence alarms, prisoner counts and other issues. The report released Monday also says the Michigan Corrections Department should consider whether to re-station armed guards in towers and make perimeter patrol a full-time job again.
Schuette didn't conclusively determine the lack of staffed towers or continuous perimeter patrols contributed to Michael Elliot's escape. But his report may be grist for minority Democratic lawmakers and unions who blame the budget cuts.
Schuette says staff failures played a "significant" role. Authorities say Elliot took a woman hostage before he was caught 24 hours later in Indiana.