OLYMPIA – A team of experts provided by the National Institute of Corrections (NIC) will begin its independent operational review Monday at Monroe Correctional Complex. The review was requested by Gov. Chris Gregoire after the murder of Correctional Officer Jayme Biendl.
The three-person team will spend a week at Monroe Correctional Complex and will review policies and procedures, facility staffing and the Department’s offender classification system which determines an offender’s custody level. The team is scheduled to provide a report to the Department by March 19 which will include recommendations.
All of the team members have extensive correctional security credentials and were recommended by NIC to participate in the review.
“We will take every action possible to make our prisons safer for our staff,” said DOC Secretary Eldon Vail. “We recognize that every correctional agency can find ways to improve, and we look forward to hearing the NIC team’s suggestions.”
Biendl was killed in the chapel at the Washington State Reformatory at Monroe Correctional Complex Jan. 29.
The National Institute of Corrections is a part of the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Prisons. It provides training, policy development and other services to federal, state, and local corrections agencies.