Tuesday, October 14, 2014
Corrections Officers Need Help
From a Northampton County Corrections Officer: We are very understaffed. Seventeen need to be hired, and another 16 out injured or on long term medical leave, is a pretty accurate number. It is putting stress on the officers, especially the night shift. They are working from ten at night util two the next afternoon, only to be back at ten that same night. They often do it a second day in row. The officers are threatened by both prison and county administration with a schedule change of ten or twelve hour days. The majority of officers are opposed. There is one simple request by the officers that is ignored. Bring the officers up to full compliment. Until then, and only then, can the overtime at the prison be addressed. Right now we fill in the overtime, some mandatory, created by mismanagement.