The Department of Labor and Industries has finally finished its investigation into the Monroe Correctional Complex, following the murder of Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl by an inmate.
The results are not pretty.
In all, the inspectors found three major violations--one of them a repeat violation.
As punishment, the Department of Corrections has been fined $26,000 and told to retrain employees in a number of areas.
Beindl's death happened on Jan. 29 when she was working at her usual post, inside the prison's chapel. Inmate Byron Scherf cornered Biendl and strangled her with a microphone cord. Biendl was working alone at the time.
The DLI report found that the DOC failed to hold training programs that might have helped officers deal with a violent inmate while alone. The inspection also found that the prison didn't have a good communication system for emergencies, and that the safety programs used were not tailored to fit the needs of the Monroe facility.