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The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has announced an incentive program that it hopes will attract correctional officers.
Maryland will offer a $5,000 recruitment bonus to new correctional officers to alleviate a persistent problem with vacancies in the state prison system.
Unionized nurses and other health care professionals at state hospitals called  for more staffing on Tuesday.
There is new pressure on Gov. Larry Hogan to open up more mental health beds in state facilities.
Union members say staffing shortages at Maryland’s correctional institutions are so severe that those who need help are not getting help.
The state’s largest public employees union criticized Gov. Larry Hogan Tuesday over a shortage of beds in mental health facilities that has kept some mentally ill prisoners in jail long after the courts ruled they need treatment.
A group of mental health workers projected their protests over a shortage of beds at state mental facilities.
The Board of Public Works, chaired by Republican Gov. Larry Hogan, approved Wednesday $8.4 million in cuts to the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services as part of more than $79 million in budget actions.