Ind. Prison Staffers Fired Over Inmate Escape

Inmates escaped July 12 but were recaptured

Wednesday, Sep 16, 2009  |  Updated 9:45 PM CDT
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Ind. Prison Staffers Fired Over Inmate Escape

Indiana State Prison

Indiana State Prison authorities released these photos of the tunnels the men used to escape.

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The Indiana Department of Correction has fired three employees and suspended a fourth in connection with the escape of three inmates from a maximum-security prison in July.

Agency spokesman Doug Garrison did not provide details of the allegations against the four men, but said they were accused of either failing to properly supervise the inmates or providing them articles that were connected with the escape. Those fired were two guards and a maintenance foreman. A prison counselor also was suspended pending termination. All four have the right to appeal.

Inmates Lance Battreal, Mark Booher and Charles Smith escaped July 12 through underground utility tunnels at the Indiana State Prison in Michigan City but were later recaptured.

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