Gov. Snyder addresses security concerns after prisoner's escape - New York News

Gov. Snyder addresses security concerns after prisoner's escape

Posted: Updated:
(WJBK) -

Tuesday Gov. Snyder spoke with FOX 2's Taryn Asher one-on-one addressing security concerns after a prisoner escaped from an Ionia correctional facility earlier this week. Democrats have been pointing the finger at Snyder's budget cuts, including layoffs and some of the prison services being privatized, believing they may have played a role in the escape.

SEE: Convicted murderer escapes Mich. prison

"Nobody in the guard towers, the gun towers, to observe, the patrols around the perimeter have been cut back, way back, so this kind of thing is much easier," says attorney Mark Brewer. He was the chair of the Democratic party when the corrections budget was cut.

Snyder responded: "Most important thing is that he's been recaptured. Now's the time to do the investigation, so any comments are premature. All the speculation's premature. Let's get the facts. So, there will be a thorough investigation, we'll get through that and then we'll share that with the public, and then we'll look at what needs to be improved."

SEE: Escaped Mich. prisoner captured in Indiana

Asher reminded him of the reduced number of security guards, and the random perimeter checks rather than constant perimeter checks.

"Put it into perspective, though. We've had a strong track record of not having issues for many years now, so let's make sure let's get the facts of this particular case rather than people just speculating," Snyder said.

When asked if he had any plans to put money from the budget surplus back into the corrections budget, Snyder said some items may get worked back in, but he would give no specific plans.

VIDEO: Click on the video player above to learn more in a report from FOX 2's Taryn Asher


Snyder is expected to present his full budget Wednesday at 11 a.m.

  • Download the FOX 2 Apps


  • FOX 2 News Five-Day Forecast
  • Local NewsLocal NewsMore>>

  • Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Hundreds celebrate Easter at St. Patricks Cathedral

    Saturday, April 19 2014 10:37 PM EDT2014-04-20 02:37:51 GMT
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
    Hundreds of people showed up to Saturday's Mass at St. Patricks Cathedral to celebrate Easter, one of the holiest days for Christians around the world.
  • NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    NYC police investigating body in plastic container

    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
    Police in New York City are questioning a suspect after discovering a dead body stuffed into a large, black plastic storage container.
  • Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Governor kicks off 114th annual New York International Auto Show

    Saturday, April 19 2014 7:00 PM EDT2014-04-19 23:00:18 GMT
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
    Auto fans you may already know this the 114th New York International Automobile Show is in town this week. Governor Cuomo was on hand Saturday to kick off the official opening of the 10 day event by driving a 2015 Chevrolet Corvette convertible through the Jacob Javits Convention Center.
Powered by WorldNow
Didn't find what you were looking for?
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Fox Television Stations, Inc. and Worldnow. All Rights Reserved.
Privacy Policy | Terms of Service | Ad Choices