Opinion

Accountability needed at prison

An arbitrator’s finding in the murder of Monroe Correctional Complex officer Jayme Biendl announced last week suggests poor job performance and lax supervision of employees was so common at the state Department of Corrections institution that he could not hold anyone accountable

Why? Because, arbitrator Michael E. Cavanaugh reasoned, complacency was acceptable at the prison, therefore the mistakes of four officers could not be considered gross negligence.

If that’s the case, we agree the four guards should not be punished. But somebody higher up certainly should be held fully accountable.

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