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Workers at understaffed state prison pull 24-hour shifts

September 19, 2018

LEAKESVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Workers are pulling double and triple shifts at a state prison in Mississippi that has less than 60 percent of its staff positions filled.

WLOX-TV reported Tuesday that the severity of understaffing issues was discussed during the first meeting between a citizens’ advisory committee and the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville. Greene County Emergency Management Director Trent Robertson says 24-hour shifts are “disturbing.”

Part of the prison closed late last year due to the lack of staff, and 400 inmates were moved to another state prison. Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall said then that the closure was hopefully temporary as the agency was “aggressively recruiting.”

Hall has said the starting salary for correctional officers is nearly $25,000, which is too low to attract people to a sometimes-dangerous job.

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Information from: WLOX-TV, http://www.wlox.com

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