GLADWIN COUNTY (WJRT) -
(07/21/14) - There were some serious technology and personnel failures that lead to the escape of a Michigan prisoner, originally from Gladwin County.
The Attorney General's office released findings of the department's independent investigation, Monday.
It was Super Bowl Sunday when Michael Elliot escaped from the Ionia Correctional Facility in West Michigan.
He was captured in Indiana, one-day later, after after carjacking a woman in Ionia.
Investigators say the 40 year old slipped under gates and made holes in fences to break out.
The report issued by the AG's office points to six-failures that specifically lead to Elliot's escape. They include issues with alert, video, alarm and fencing systems. The report also says guards failed to monitor and use some equipment properly.
The report didn't directly address whether the lack of staffed towers or continuous perimeter patrols contributed to the escape.
Democratic lawmakers and unions have blamed budget cuts for the escape.
The AG's office also made 12 recommendations to keep this from happening again.
Elliot is serving life without parole for first-degree murder in the shooting deaths of four people in Gladwin County, in 1993.