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County Chairman: blame belongs on the individual who committed the crime

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As the investigation into last Friday's incident continues, Scotts Bluff County Chairman Mark Masterton does not want people to point the finger at the county or detention center for the death of its correctional officer.

Masterton says the 15-year-old inmate, Dylan Cardeilhac, had some choices and he made the wrong ones.

When it comes to employee training, Masterton says the center does provide the opportunity to have as much training as needed.

"All employees have the availability to take as much training that they want. There are certain courses for different jobs that all are required to take." Said Masterton.

He went on to say that training is in place for every new hire and ongoing training is also provided by the county and by the insurance company Nebraska Intergovernmental Risk Management Association (NIRMA).

Masterton says one protocol relating to the incident that wasn't followed is that "after eight at night, correctional officers should not open cell doors or doors to the center without back-up."

He called the incident preventable.

"And so the consequences now of his decisions are the fact that his life is forever changed, the family's life is changed, obviously we have a correctional officer who's dead and now we have a 6-year-old kid who doesn't have a mom."

Masterton continued, "there are certain safety standards that you just have to have in place when it comes to incarcerating individuals and they have to be followed."

He says the county takes every precaution possibly imagined.

 

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