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Failures In Prison Security To Blame For Michael Elliot's Escape

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IONIA COUNTY, Mich. (WLNS) - Now that prisoner Michael Elliot has been caught, the big question is just how he got out of the multi-level security prison he was serving multiple life sentences in.

"It is our job to keep dangerous offenders inside of correctional facilities and not let them escape," said Russ Marlan, the spokesperson for the Michigan Department of Corrections. He says in that respect, they failed.

Elliot managed to get around a number of security measures to break out of the prison. Because he's classified as a medium security inmate, he's allowed to walk from his cell to the cafeteria on his own.

"There are officers stationed to watch to make sure there's no altercations, that no one's running for the fence line," said Marlan. But somehow, Elliot got past them undetected.

Still, sensors that alert police when an inmate approaches the fence should've kicked in, but didn't. "It doesn't look like it was the sensors not working. It looks like something that he did to avoid detection."

Elliot managed to get through a weak spot in two fences that are supposed to be electric, but "he did not receive the jolt of electricity, so that's another area we're looking at," said Marlan.

According to Marlan, there's supposed to be a deputy watching the cameras at all times, but prison officials weren't aware of his escape until two hours later. The investigation is ongoing.

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