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Corrections Department head appears before Michigan Senate committee

LANSING (WKZO) -- The Senate Appropriations Committee in Lansing heard testimony Thursday from Department of Corrections Director Dan Heyns concerning the escape of convicted murderer Michael Elliot earlier this month.  Heyns told the committee it was human error and not budget cuts or a lack of staffing that helped Elliot with his escape from the Ionia Correctional Facility.

"If people don't do their jobs, it doesn't do you any good," said Heyns, adding that policies and procedures already in place would have stopped the escape.

Elliot is serving a life sentence for the murders of four people.