There are few jobs as dangerous as working in a prison. The lack of trained staff members in correctional facilities makes it difficult for existing staff members to maintain order among inmates. Even worse, staffing issues can leave guards more vulnerable to physical assaults by inmates. Just last month, an officer was killed after a 20-hour standoff at a Delaware prison.
The killing had ripple effects. A first term New York Assemblyman just introduced a bill intended to better protect correction officers who work in his state. Under the new legislation, the commissioner would need to create and submit a staffing plan to the Assembly and Senate for all uniformed and non-uniformed staff for each correctional facility that would require 1.75 officers for every seven-day security post and 1.25 officers for each five-day post.
Here’s hoping the Assemblyman sparks similar actions in other states.