Monroe Reformatory still making safety changes

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EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- The state Department of Labor and Industries has given the Department of Corrections a 30-day extension to finish fixing safety problems that were exposed by the strangling of corrections officer Jayme Biendl last January at the Reformatory in Monroe.

Spokesman Hector Castro says prison officials are cooperating.

The Daily Herald reports (http://bit.ly/noszRb) the changes involve how the prison documents the movement of guards and inmates.

The Department of Corrections was fined $20,000 for violations related to Biendl's slaying. Inmate Byron Scherf is charged with aggravated murder and could face the death penalty if convicted.

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Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com