Official: Relief coming for prison-staffing shortage

Official: Relief coming for prison-staffing shortage

By Tamela Baker
March 28, 2017

Sponsored by Del. Mike McKay, R-Washington/Allegany, the bill would require the Division of Correction to produce biennial reports on staffing needs in conjunction with AFSCME.

The reports would include information on the amount of overtime required, institutional activities affected by staffing levels and expected turnover.

The House of Delegates already has approved the measure, and the Senate Finance Committee gave the bill its blessing even before its hearing was over on Tuesday.

AFSCME supports the bill. Teresa Healey-Conway, the union's lobbyist, told the committee there was a dispute between corrections and the union "over how many officers we actually are short."

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