There was an unsuccessful prison escape over the weekend at Racine Correctional Institute in Sturtevant. According to a source familiar with the investigation, an inmate had made it over one of many fences outside of the prison. The inmate however encountered a fence that was electrically charged and reportedly was rendered unconscious. Alarms meant to alert correctional staff to such behavior went to ignored for 45 minutes until the inmate was discovered outside the walls of the prison.
Wisconsin Department of Corrections spokesman, John Beard, confirmed the unsuccessful escape to Kenosha County Eye, but not would not elaborate further because criminal charges are being considered.
The law enforcement agency that is conducting the investigation is the Racine County Sheriff’s Office. A public information officer for the Sheriff’s Office did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
This is the same prison where a high-ranking public official is alleged to have committed 22 felonies for her role in misconduct and sexual contact with an inmate.
Much of the staff at the prison that has contact with KCE has expressed non-confidence in the prison’s warden, Jason Wells.
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