January 20, 2004
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Department of Corrections Secretary James V. Crosby, Jr., today announced the completion of a comprehensive, 6-month operational review and investigation of Charlotte Correctional Institution, done in the wake of the murder of Officer Darla Lathrem.
"I am confident that since the arrival of Warden Chester Lambdin, policies and procedure are being adhered to ensuring the safety and security of both staff and inmates," said Secretary James V. Crosby, Jr. As a result of the review conducted by the department's Inspector Generals Office, personnel action was taken against 5 employees.
Findings of the investigation concluded that staff failed to ensure that 2 officers were present when construction was taking place in dormitories. The investigation also found that there was no monitoring of the construction project beyond the normal duty hours to ensure that manpower was being utilized properly. Policies requiring all staff to wear a body alarm were not enforced. Inmates were not placed in restraints during movement, key control and sensitive tool policies were not followed and required security checks were not made or monitored to ensure compliance with policy.
No further staff discipline is anticipated.