LANSING, Mich. (WLNS) - Many questions still remain as to how convicted murdered Michael Elliot was able to escape from a multi-level security prison in Ionia. Lawmakers on both sides of the aisle are now taking action to get some answers and the finger-pointing is well underway.
"My office, the Department of Attorney General, will conduct a full, independent investigation into this prison break," said Bill Schuette, the state attorney general.
This week Democratic Leader of the House Tim Greimel said he doesn't believe a republican-led investigation is sufficient because he blames republican policies for the prison break. However, Schuette disagrees.
"You know, that's just such nonsense. You know, some people want to play politics. I think people are sick of that. And what people expect and demand and will get from me is a full and complete report, exhaustive investigation without fear or favor and wherever the chips fall, they fall," said Schuette.
"Well, the question is what happened and why? And are we safe and secure in the State of Michigan," asked Sen. John Proos. He will be among those in committee Thursday morning asking Dan Heyns, director of the Department of Corrections, how Elliot escaped prison and what Heyns' doing to make sure it won't happen again.
"There are some failures that we're going to make sure that we beef up and keep as solid as possible. We fund the department with taxpayer dollars, almost two billion tax payer dollars. Those dollars need to be used effectively," said Proos.
The director of Michigan's Department of Corrections will appear at 9:00a.m. Thursday before a Senate committee. 6 News will have a crew there, so stay with us as we continue to follow this developing story.
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