SPRINGFIELD (AP) – A new report by state prison officials says staff misconduct and mistakes led to the escape of an inmate who was later charged with killing a man, wounding two police officers and injuring another person in Springfield.

The Masssachusetts Department of Correction released a report Wednesday saying an officer at the state prison in Shirley faces possible termination and a supervisor faces possible discipline in connection with last month’s escape of Tamik Kirkland. Officials say Kirkland made a dummy out of clothing to make it look like he was in bed and left through a window fire escape.

Authorities say that a contraband cell phone Kirkland used to escape was given to him by a Correction Department vendor who allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with Kirkland. The vendor faces possible criminal prosecution.

(Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

Comments (2)
  1. David Francis says:

    Possible termination? How about giving the guy a Moron For Life badge and making sure he never holds any job other than one that requires asking if you’d like your order super-sized.

  2. Denise says:

    Nah… he’ll be suspended w/ pay and then allowed to “retire” w/ all his bennies!!! It’s Massachusetts – we like to complain about things but never vote and/or pick the right people to change things!!!

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