Brauer, Poe & AFSCME: Logan
Correctional Center a catastrophe waiting to happen
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[January 26, 2009]
SPRINGFIELD -- Operating with
less than a "skeleton crew," the Logan Correctional Center in
Lincoln sustained three inmate fights and one correctional officer
assault in the previous 48 hours, AFSCME officials said Thursday.
State Reps. Rich Brauer, R-Petersburg, and Raymond Poe, Springfield,
are calling upon the Department of Corrections and state leaders to
promptly address this issue at the Logan Correctional Center to
avoid a disastrous outcome.
"We have a very dangerous
situation developing at the Logan Correctional Center," said Brauer.
"Typically, a standard skeleton crew for the midnight shift consists
of 30 correction officers. Last night, however, those crew numbers
were reduced just to save money on overtime. We cannot allow our
officers to be put in harmís way just to save a buck."
Department of Corrections and our state leaders must bring these
practices to a halt," said Poe. "While staffing across the state are
at crises levels, we simply cannot afford not to ensure the safety
of our corrections officers. We must find a solution to this dire
situation before it becomes deadly."
According to AFSCME official Roger Griffith, the reduction in
staff has led to sergeants, lieutenants and majors, who are normally
charged with command of the shift and overall security of the
facility, to come inside the facility to move lines of inmates and
guard housing units. As a result, these individuals are not
available to assist when situations arise elsewhere.
"With these supervisors guarding and moving inmates, they are
clearly not available to readily assist staff who may be assaulted
or to assist staff in breaking up fights or other disturbances,"
said Roger Griffith. "While the corrections officers are clearly
tired of the overtime, they understand that until the state takes
care of the staffing shortages, overtime is necessary to protect the
backs of their fellow officers."
[Text from file received from John
Black, AFSCME Local 2073, on behalf of Reps.