Tougher Penalties for Helping in Prison Escapes

By: AP
By: AP

Any Department of Corrections employee or volunteer could go to prison if convicted of aiding in the escape of a prisoner under a bill sent to Gov. Kathleen Sebelius. The House voted 119-0 Friday on the bill to increase penalties from presumptive probation to a range of 47-52 months behind bars. The Senate approved the measure 40-0 last week.

The bill was prompted by two highly publicized prison escapes.

In 2006, Toby Young, a volunteer in a dog training program,
helped John M. Manard escape from Lansing Correctional Facility.
They were captured two weeks later in Tennessee. Last October, Amber Goff, a guard at the El Dorado Correctional Facility, helped two inmates escape. The three were captured in New Mexico three days later.

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