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Warden is among others put on leave after prison escape

Posted at 12:53 PM, May 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-05-01 13:53:43-04

The warden of a Portage maximum-security prison has been placed on leave along with her two top aides.

After two inmates broke out of the prison and fled to Illinois, Columbia Correctional Institution Warden Susan Novak, Deputy Warden Lucas Weber, and Security Director Brian Gustke were placed on leave this week while the escape is investigated.

According to the Journal Sentinel, the Department of Corrections spokesperson Anna Neal says lower-raking employees are also of paid leave throughout the investigation, the number of which was not given.

After escaping on April 16, inmates Thomas Deering and James Newman were found the next day at a homeless shelter in Rockford, Illinois.

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