Correction officers are not infallible, but they are trained and experienced enough to be reliable in identifying mistakes that could cause harm to the family or other members.
If they’re not, they should be asked to correct the error, said Gary D. Ruggles, a retired New York state corrections officer and senior vice president for education at the Corrections Association of New York.
Correction officers have to make decisions based on the evidence of the officer’s expertise, said Robert J. Pritchett, executive director of the National Association of Correction Officers.
The agency’s inspector general is investigating whether corrections officers in Florida, Michigan and Tennessee misused data.
Correction officials and some families who have filed complaints say they believe corrections officers misstated or fabricated information about their children’s deaths.
Correction Officers in Florida , Florida , Michigan and Michigan have been disciplined and face disciplinary actions from the state.
Correction officer Gary P. Wirth, of Miami Gardens, Fla., was charged with two counts of official misconduct and one count of falsifying records.
He was suspended with pay for two years and ordered to complete two years of community service.
The Miami-Dade County district attorney’s office says Wirth falsified information about the number of days the mother spent in the hospital after her son died and falsified records on his death certificate to help a family member with an estate plan.
He has pleaded not guilty.
In Tennessee , an administrative law judge ruled last month that the Tennessee Department of Corrections violated state law by falsifying death records for a woman whose son died in January of a heart attack.
A Tennessee Department for Children and Families official has been suspended after he wrote that a Tennessee corrections officer had informed her that her son’s death was a result of the boy having a heart murmur.
The Tennessee department is conducting a review.
The Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction has been investigated for its handling of a case in which a man died of carbon monoxide poisoning.
The department’s human resources chief resigned after a disciplinary hearing after a state report found that he failed to properly follow procedures and that he had made false statements to investigators.
A federal grand jury is reviewing a case involving a man whose death was ruled a homicide, and federal investigators are investigating whether state corrections officers or employees falsified death records to help the family.
Correction and correction officers are trained to investigate complaints about misconduct and recommend discipline if necessary, said Rugglies, who is retired.
Corrections officers are also trained to respond to concerns about corrections staff, including sexual harassment, said J. David O’Leary, a former corrections officer in Georgia.
But corrections officers are expected to do the best they can, and they should always respond to the concerns of the victim and his or her family, O’Brien said.
Correction department officials have said that corrections officers should be trained on the importance of reporting suspicious behavior and that officers should not use information about a person’s death to manipulate the reporting process, O,Leary said.
In Michigan , the Michigan Department of Correction said it is conducting an investigation after complaints from families who said corrections officers failed to correct false information about an inmate’s death.
The woman, who has asked that her name not be used because she does not want her daughter’s name published, said she was denied the opportunity to meet with a corrections officer.
“I thought that was very unfair, because she was the one who was going to correct me,” she said.
The Michigan department said it had not investigated the matter.
The family said corrections officials told them it was a clerical error and that corrections officials would be more than happy to assist them.
In Florida, a judge on Monday suspended a corrections director for eight months for using false information and falsifying paperwork to cover up a death in which an inmate died of a carbon monoxydischarge, an oxygen-containing gas.
The judge said in the statement that the director failed to make timely corrections, failed to obtain the proper medical certificates and failed to disclose the error in a timely manner to his superiors.
Corrections officials in Florida said that they are reviewing the statement.
The director of Florida’s Department of Juvenile Justice, Michael C. Johnson, has been placed on paid administrative leave after he resigned over the death of a 16-year-old boy who died after being held in a cell with no food, water or clothing.
The boy’s mother sued Johnson and the department, saying that he used false information to hide a fatal medical condition.
Johnson said in a statement that he is a man of integrity who respects the families of those who have died in custody and wants to make the department a better place.
He said he was sorry to have let his family down.
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