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In an attempt to help the lack of staff at Eastern Correctional Institution in Westover state officials announced Monday they will temporarily shut down Poplar Hill Pre-Release Center in Quantico and send their staff to ECI. 
The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services and the union that represents its correctional officers agree on two things: Maryland's prison system has a staffing shortage, and correctional officers work too much overtime to make up the deficits.
Staffing is a reoccurring concern expressed in the previous JJMU reports from the Victor Cullen Center.
Gov. Larry Hogan on Friday allowed dozens of bills to become law without his signature. 
Advocates have pushed state lawmakers for five years to pass a bill requiring businesses to offer paid sick leave. Earlier this year, they finally passed it. But Thursday afternoon, Gov. Larry Hogan vetoed the bill and urged lawmakers to develop a new, compromise bill.
AFSCME members had an in-depth discussion with Council President Richard Slutzky about school funding after the hearing.
A 17-year veteran correctional officer stabbed Monday by an inmate at the North Branch Correctional Institution in Cumberland remains in serious condition, state officials said.
A state official confirmed Tuesday that there are some staffing shortages at the prison complex south of Hagerstown, but relief is coming soon.