Investigation launched after prisoner escapes

September 22, 2009 3:34:30 PM PDT
The Cook County states attorney's office is trying to determine whether it needs to change how prisoners are transported.It has launched an internal investigation following Robert Maday's escape last week.

Maday, 39, disarmed two investigators with the Cook County state's attorney office as he was being transported to a sentencing hearing at the Rolling Meadows courthouse from Kankakee. Authorities say while on the run Maday carjacked two vehicles and robbed a bank. He ended up crashing a car he was driving in West Chicago where he taken into custody.

Maday's escape is also raising the question whether the state's attorney office needs additional cars with protective cages.

"We transport approximately 300 prisoners a year and we only have one caged car and in fact before this happened we had requested money for that specific purpose," said Anita Alvarez, Cook County state's attorney.

The money that was requested for the new cars would come from a federal grant.


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