Maryland state prisons still face staffing shortage

Maryland state prisons still face staffing shortage

By Tamela Baker
July 2, 2017

Both sides acknowledge the problem, and while corrections officials said they're trying to fill the vacancies, the union warns that it's not happening fast enough — and between burnout and upcoming retirements, the situation could get worse.

"We're in pretty rough shape," said Chris Duffy, president of Local 1722 of the American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees, which represents correctional officers at the prison complex south of Hagerstown.

Staffing shifts

Duffy and AFSCME staff representative Jeff Hughes said there are approximately 1,000 vacancies throughout the state's prison system.

"Gov. (Larry) Hogan wanted to keep us at a minimum of 750 vacancies," Duffy said.

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