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Report: Staff Misconduct Led To Escape From Shirley Prison

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Tamik Kirkland (photo courtesy: Dept. of Correction)

Tamik Kirkland (photo courtesy: Dept. of Correction)

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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.)

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