Police and the Michigan Attorney General say the two men accepted money and smuggled marijuana and tobacco into the inmates’ cells.
County prosecutors must be notified when prison inmates are set free under a bill signed into law by Gov. Rick Snyder.
More than 1,000 inmates at Mound Correctional Facility in Detroit will be moved in the coming months after state corrections officials announced Wednesday they’re closing the medium-security prison after all.
Michigan often keeps inmates long after other states would have released them for similar crimes, driving up prison costs by millions of dollars a year and eating up a quarter of the state’s general fund.
The government reported Thursday that 4.4 percent of inmates in prison and 3.1 percent of inmates in jail report being victimized sexually by another inmate or staff member.
Authorities say they have captured one of the two convicts who escaped from an Arizona prison in Wyoming.
Two men who escaped from a private Arizona prison and a woman thought to have helped them have been linked to the investigation of a couple’s killing in New Mexico.