Rikers Island Jail Guard had Left Post Before

The Associated Press has obtained documents that show Carol Lackner had been disciplined in 2010 for leaving her post without permission. Lackner was the guard who was supposed to be on post when 56 year old Jerome Murdough, a former Marine, died because he was left unchecked for at least four hours in a part of the jail that had a malfunctioning heater. Apparently Lackner’s logs show that she had conducted 30 minute checks as required, however, video footage does not show her doing so.

This is a much bigger failure than just a guard who lacks discipline. While it is assumed that employees do what they are supposed to, random but constant performance audits are a must. In this case, it would be interesting to learn what other discrepancies were found if the review of logs and video footage were to expand outside this investigation.

Remember, due diligence is more than a good faith exercise.

Read AP’s Article


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