NJ corrections officers in ‘Shawshank’ escape keep jobs

ELIZABETH — A spokesman for a corrections officers union says the workers who were on the job during a daring inmate escape from the Union County Jail in
Elizabeth won’t lose their positions.

Jim Roche is a spokesman for the Policemen’s Benevolent Association Local 199. He told The Star-Ledger of Newark on Tuesday that the five corrections officers and supervisors will be suspended for six months, but won’t be fired.

All five were on duty in December, when authorities say Otis Blunt and Jose Espinosa broke out in an escape that drew comparisons to the movie “The Shawshank Redemption.”

Another guard on duty, Rudolph Zurick, committed suicide two weeks after the escape.

Authorities say Blunt and Espinosa squeezed through a hole they had dug through a cinder block cell wall. They had covered the hole with a pinup photo, a ploy similar to one depicted in the movie.

Both were eventually recaptured.

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