Tonight, a prisoner escaped from the Minnesota Correctional Facility in Shakopee, Minnesota. The Shakopee Police Department was alerted of the escape at 7:00 pm and apprehended the criminal 23 minutes later in a residential neighborhood not far from the prison.
A Code Red alert was being prepared when the criminal was taken into custody. The investigation is ongoing.
Thankfully, no one was hurt or injured in this escape but it was entirely preventable. This prison is regrettably located in a residential area and has no fence on it’s perimeter. For years, the Department of Corrections has been denied a request by the Minnesota Legislature for funding to build a fence best fitting the character of a residential neighborhood.
Today’s escape dramatically underscores the need to build a fence around MCF-Shakopee. It was a completely unnecessary risk that must be corrected in the 2014 legislative session through the bonding bill or special legislation.
When escapes happen at a prison with no fence that houses nonviolent and violent criminals, today’s event is the best possible outcome. I thank the Department of Corrections, the Shakopee Police Department and our neighboring departments for their extraordinary work in containing this situation.
The Shakopee City Council along with our local legislative representatives support building a fence around the prison. Let us hope the Minnesota Legislature supports it as well in the 2014 legislative session.
Brad Tabke, Mayor