A Mankato D.F.L. lawmaker has introduced the bill meant to increase staffing at state prisons.
Mankato D.F.L. State Representative Jack Considine.
State Representative Jack Considine named the measure for fallen corrections officer Joseph Gomm, who officials say was killed by an inmate at the Stillwater prison in July. Considine called his death a tragedy and said the bill gathered bipartisan support when he first floated the idea before the session began.
Corrections officials have said they need 300 more corrections officers over the next four years, and Considine explained the bill will phase them in incrementally with up to 150 new officers as soon as this year.
Considine added that this is just one measure that would increase prison safety, and said there are inmate concerns that must also be addressed.
State statistics show that from June 2017 to June 2018, assaults against officers more than doubled at the Stillwater prison and increased 74 percent at Oak Park Heights.