March 31, 2011

Corrections safety bill improved in House committee, viewed as starting point

The House version of the Corrections safety bill that came out in the wake of the murder of Monroe Corrections Officer Jayme Biendl was amended to include a Community Corrections officer on a proposed Statewide Security Advisory Committee. 

But both the House version (HB 2036) and Senate version (SB 5907) need to be improved even more to include the safety concerns of Community Corrections, Federation Lobbyist Matt Zuvich told the House Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Committee Wednesday (March 30).

The efforts must address both prison and Community Corrections safety, he said. “Safety issues are not inclusive to inside prisons…,” Zuvich said.“(We must) make sure that his bill that is born of tragedy does all it can to prevent more.”

Continue calls to your legislators at 1-800-562-6000 to support adding Community Corrections officers’ safety issues to HB 2036 and SB 5907.

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