IONIA, Mich., Feb. 4 (UPI) -- Michigan prison workers say that the escape of Michael Elliot was the result of budget cuts that have reduced the prison system's resources.
According to the president of the Michigan Corrections Organization, Tom Tylutki, until a year ago an armed patrol vehicle circled the prison grounds 24/7 and there would usually be an armed guard in the gun tower. Now, there is no guard in the tower and patrols only circle the perimeter at random when an officer has the time.
"This prisoner cut his way 20 feet from the gun tower," Tylutki said. "Had that officer been up there, he wouldn't have touched the fence let alone got through it.
When asked whether he thought this escape was the result of budget cuts, Michigan governor Rick Snyder said, "An investigation needs to take place. It will be very thorough and very public so that information will come out in due course"
Elliot was captured Monday night in Indiana and held at the LaPorte County Jail.