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Two Department of Corrections Employees to Face Disciplinary Action

Monday, September 30, 2002

(Washington, DC) Today, DC Department of Corrections director Odie Washington announced the following personnel actions at the Central Detention Facility (DC Jail).

Two agency employees assigned to the DC Jail Records Office have been placed on paid administrative leave pending final disciplinary action to be recommended by the agency’s Human Resources Management Unit. Each employee could be subjected to discipline up to and including termination. Today’s action resulted from investigations conducted by the Department of Corrections’ Internal Affairs Unit.  The investigative findings, presented to Director Washington, concluded that the employees were negligent in the performance of their duties.

In the case of Khushal Khan, one employee was found to be solely responsible for the defendant’s erroneous release.  Director Washington stated, “The erroneous release of this particular defendant did not result from a breakdown in our internal systems, policies, procedures, or technology. This was plain and simple a case of employee negligence.”

The Jail’s Records Office has undergone a massive re-engineering that includes physical and technical enhancements. The entire office staff has been trained using the newly developed 950-page operations manual to enhance knowledge and skills of the new business processes of the Records Office. Under this new system, the Records Office has shown marked improvements. Since January 2002, the Records Office has a total error rate of 0.14 percent for all releases.