Gov. Pete Ricketts objects to the tone taken in a legislative hearing on the Department of Correctional Services.
Ricketts says he didn’t mind the questions so much.
“No, it was really more the approach,” Ricketts tells reporters. “It’s like, again, we can have a collaborative approach to this, because we all agree that we need to reform our Department of Corrections.”
Ricketts objects to the special legislative committee using former state Sen. Steve Lathrop to, in his words, grill Corrections Director Scott Frakes.
Lathrop chaired a special legislative committee formed to investigate problems within the Department of Correctional Services when it came to light the department had been miscalculating prison sentences. Term limits forced him out of the legislature.
Lathrop serves as legal counsel for the Department of Correctional Services Special Investigative Committee. The committee has agreed to pay him $225/hour.
Ricketts says he knows there are problems in the prison system, including recent inmate assaults of officers. The Tecumseh prison has been partially locked down after state officials heard some inmates might be planning attacks on staff.
“Do the events of the assaults mean that we need have got to change some of things we have been doing? Yes. And we’re sitting down with Director Frakes. I’ve talked with him; talked to his management team about how they can rethink what they’re doing right now to make sure they’re making a top priority keeping our corrections officers safe.”
AUDIO: Brent Martin reports [:45]