Topic: corrections officers
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August 21, 2013 at 7:29 AM
EVERETT (AP) — Washington taxpayers will be paying about $350,000 to compensate three recently reinstated Monroe corrections officers and a demoted sergeant who were disciplined after their co-worker, Jayme Biendl, was killed by an inmate in 2011.
The Daily Herald reports the estimated compensation includes benefits, sick leave, vacation, union dues, retirement contributions and more than $100,000 in unpaid wages. The total covers all four corrections officers, but the state is still negotiating with one of them.
Corrections spokeswoman Norah West says the last settlement is just a matter of some final details.
In a July ruling, arbitrator Michael Cavanaugh ordered the corrections department to reverse the firings of the three officers and the demotion of the sergeant.
Under the arbitration ruling, the corrections department is required to give the officers their old jobs back.
December 12, 2012 at 6:09 PM
The inmate assault on three corrections officers at the Washington State Penitentiary on Tuesday may have been gang-related, according to early reports from detectives investigating the incident.
The three officers suffered “significant injuries” in the assault, which began in the commons area of the prison at about 1:15 p.m. p.m. Corrections officials said “multiple offenders” attacked the officers, but other prison staff intervened, and secured the unit within minutes. The injured correctional officers were taken to a hospital for medical treatment, and later released.
All four units of the prison’s west complex remained locked down Wednesday night while the investigation continues, according to a news release from the state Department of Corrections.
The prison’s west complex is a close-custody unit that houses about 800 offenders.
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