October 20, 2014
A new state report says understaffing in the 12-thousand-inmate state prison system has resulted in higher risks for prisoners, guards and the general public.
The report by the state Division of Internal Audits notes that
posts at the state's seven largest prisons were fully staffed only
83 percent of the time.
The report also says that to properly staff the prisons to
ensure better safety will require about 14 (m) million dollars a
year to hire 231 correctional officers. Governor Guinn says the
funding would have to be added to the 50 (m) million dollars
budgeted over two years for staff and utilities at new or expanded