5 prison workers fired after Ark. inmates escape

5 prison workers fired after Ark. inmates escape

The Arkansas Department of Correction has fired five employees who were working when two convicted murderers escaped a state prison, wearing guard uniforms that were made in the facility.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. (AP) - The Arkansas Department of Correction has fired five employees who were working when two convicted murderers escaped a state prison, wearing guard uniforms that were made in the facility.

Department spokeswoman Dina Tyler said the fired workers included one captain, one sergeant and three correctional officers.

Tyler said the investigation is ongoing, but officials don't believe that the workers intentionally helped inmates Calvin Adams and Jeffrey Grinder escape the Cummins Unit last month.

"They were just a little lax," Tyler said Thursday. "In this setting, in this business, the devil is in the details. You have to watch everything, all the time. We don't think they did."

Among jobs for inmates at the Cummins Unit 90 miles southeast of Little Rock is making uniforms for jail guards and law officers. Video shows that the men put on the uniforms in the prison library after the 6 p.m. headcount and walked out of the prison unchallenged during a shift change.

Tyler said some of the fired employees worked in the prison's entrance building and another worked in the guard tower.

"At this point, it appears that the officers were not paying close enough attention," Tyler said. "We don't have any reason to suspect at this point that anybody intentionally helped in the escape."

Tyler wouldn't name the fired employees, citing the ongoing investigation. Some of the workers can appeal their termination, she said.

Grinder and Adams drove away in a car that was left for them. Arkansas State Police have arrested three people accused of leaving the car for the two men.

The men have been extradited from New York and are now at the state's high-security prison in single cells.

 

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