Ca. Reviewing Prison Safety After Guard Killing


An expert panel will review security and employee safety at California’s adult and youth prisons in the wake of scathing reports of failures that resulted in the first inmate murder of a prison guard since 1985, the Associated Press reports. Youth and Adult Correctional Secretary Roderick Hickman said the statewide review is the next logical step after internal investigations of the Jan. 10 guard slaying in Chino.

The state will appoint a panel to include representatives of the standards-setting American Correctional Association and Association of State Correctional Administrators, along with California state employees and representatives of employee unions and associations. A warden and her two top deputies were put on administrative leave Wednesday after the inspector general reported that prison employees routinely violated safety procedures in place after a Dec. 19 riot between black and Hispanic inmates.


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