MINOT, N.D. — State corrections officials have ended special monitoring at the Ward County Jail which had been in place since 2015 following the death of an inmate.

Sheriff Bob Barnard told commissioners he has received a letter from the North Dakota Department of Corrections that says the jail will now have only routine, annual inspections.

Minot Daily News says the jail had been under full-time compliance monitoring following the October 2014 death of Dustin Irwin. He died in Bismarck after he was transferred from the Ward County Jail. An investigation revealed a pattern of jail compliance violations.

The jail has since developed a training program for correctional officers. Previously cited for overcrowding, the jail has moved most inmates to a floor in the building’s new addition.


Information from: Minot Daily News, http://www.minotdailynews.com

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