At Issue: July 29 - Dept. of Corrections Outlines Changes Following Deadly Attack on Officer

July 29, 2018 05:29 PM

Dept. of Corrections Outlines Changes Following Death of Officer at Stillwater Prison

The Department of Corrections is outlining changes and addressing safety and security concerns following a deadly attack on a corrections officer at the Minnesota Correctional Facility - Stillwater. Officer Joseph Gomm was killed in an attack on July 18. On Friday, DOC commissioner Tom Roy said there would be measures taken to improve safety for corrections officers across the state. They include adding cameras to certain areas of prisons, adding wi-fi signals for technological upgrades and re-purposing the welding area where Gomm was killed. 


KSTP's Full Coverage of Officer Joseph Gomm's Death

As of Friday, the prison remained on lockdown. The Dept. of Corrections is offering support for staffers, as well.

Roy says he has spoken to some legislative leaders in the past week, saying some have shown more interest in what is happening with the DOC following Gomm's death. Roy says he plans to ask the legislature for more funding for additional corrections officers and security/safety enhancements to prisons across the state. Roy and Gov. Mark Dayton say they've requested an additional 187 officers since 2011 but have only been granted funding for 15 positions. Additionally, they say only one-third of their bonding requests for prison safety upgrades has been approved.


Amanda Theisen

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