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State Prisons Getting 119 New Correctional Officers

(Springfield, IL)  --  Prisons in Illinois are getting staffed with 119 more correctional officers.  

DOC Spokesman Tom Shaer they're dedicated to boosting staff to ensure security.  "It shows how committed the department is to continue to develop new correctional officers, hire new officers, and keep our prisons as well run as we believe they are.  We know we are not perfect, but we are constantly trying to improve," said Shaer. 

 

Anders Lindall with AFSCME, which is the union that represents many of the state prison guards, says that will help keep the peace in some facilities, but is just a drop in the bucket to what Illinois needs.  "Over the past year, the system has lost 750 employees.  So hiring 100 or 120 is much better than hiring no one, but it barely even makes progress to restore the number of positions that have been lost," said Lindall.

The 119 new officers graduated Friday and will start work on Monday.  Their duties will include anything that relates to the safety for both staff and inmates.  Plus, some will head programs that deal with inmate rehabilitation.   

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