DOC criticized for lack of K-9 officers

Published 09/13 2013 12:31PM

Updated 09/13 2013 12:35PM

SPRINGFIELD -- Administrators at the Department of Corrections are taking some flak for not having K-9 officers on hand. The dogs were eliminated because of budget cuts. The concern comes nearly two weeks after an inmate escaped from the prison in Robinson. WCIA-3's Alexandrea Davis has more.

IDOC spokesperson, Tom Shaer, says there hasn't been a prison escape in years, so there is really no reason to have the dogs on staff. 31-year old Jared Carter fled from the minimum-security prison on August 30. He was found four days after his escape, about six miles away from the prison.

DOC says the prison was able to use the county sheriff department's K-9 unit in its search. Those dogs arrived within a half-hour of Carter's escape.

Shaer says none of the 30-correctional facilities in Illinois have K-9 units. He insists there's no need to use taxpayer dollars to house and handle the dogs. Shaer says the absence of dogs played no role in the search for Jared Carter.

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