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Metro Corrections faces critical situation due to staff shortage


The union representing Metro Corrections agents is sounding the alarm on a serious staff shortage at the prison this weekend. The president of the Fraternal Order of Police said there were only 18 officers working on Saturday when there should have been 50. He is now calling for immediate action to address the problem. “Right now it’s the worst I’ve seen in 17 years,” said Daniel Johnson, president of the FOP of Louisville Corrections. “We are literally faced with a number of 480 inmates for two officers. Louisville Metro Corrections has been facing staffing shortages for the past few years, but Johnson said over the weekend he was at a critical level. According to Johnson, on Saturday there were around 1,630 inmates in the prison and just 18 security guards. Right now, the prison has 120 open positions, and that doesn’t include the 38 staff who came out after testing positive for COVID-19. work, ”Johnson said. “We have officers who are overrun with inmates because we are outnumbered.” Johnson said many officers work forced overtime, which means 16-hour shifts, often without a break. “More people are going to get injured, whether it be inmates or staff, it’s only a matter of time,” Johnson said. “It’s not a fear of what might happen. This stuff is happening right now. The starting salary for correctional officers is $ 17 an hour. The FOP pushed Mayor Greg Fischer and his administration to renegotiate the current contract which expires in 2023. “We need to increase the starting salary significantly and not a dollar or two to be competitive. We have to pay more than these places to attract the best qualified applicants, ”Johnson said. A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said he was aware of the problem and referred to three recently announced pilot programs aimed at boosting the recruitment and retention of workers. They include a $ 1,000 payment to current employees now and another in June, but Johnson says it’s just not enough. More information on these here: Metro Corrections hopes to increase and maintain ranks with incentives “A payment of $ 1000 did not have the desired effect the mayor’s office wanted to have because it was not a significant amount of money for those people who are going through what they are facing, “Johnson said. Johnson said more recruiting efforts are needed, and even suggested getting National Guard help until to get the endowment to a more sustainable level. “We can’t wait three weeks. We can’t wait a month,” Johnson said. “Something has to be done today. It has to be done by now. Monday. We can’t have another weekend like this. “Right now there are eight people in the academy, but Johnson says that won’t even cover the 12 officers who have already left this month. WLKY contacted Metro Corrections for comment, but had no comment. e answer for the moment.

The union representing Metro Corrections officers is sounding the alarm on a critical staff shortage at the prison this weekend.

The president of the Fraternal Order of Police said there were only 18 officers working on Saturday when there should have been 50. He is now calling for immediate action to resolve the issue.

“Right now it’s the worst I’ve seen in 17 years,” said Daniel Johnson, president of the FOP of Louisville Corrections. “We are literally faced with a number of 480 inmates for two officers. “

Louisville Metro Corrections has been facing staffing shortages for the past few years, but Johnson said over the weekend it was at a critical level. According to Johnson, on Saturday there were around 1,630 inmates in the prison and just 18 security guards.

Right now, the prison has 120 open positions, and that doesn’t include the 38 staff who came out after testing positive for COVID-19.

“We have inmates beaten so badly that they are in intensive care because the intercoms weren’t working,” Johnson said. “We have officers who are overrun with inmates because we are outnumbered. “

Johnson said many officers worked forced overtime, which means 16-hour shifts, often without a break.

“More people are going to get injured, whether it be inmates or staff, it’s only a matter of time,” Johnson said. “It’s not a fear of what might happen. This stuff is happening right now.

The starting salary for correctional officers is $ 17 per hour. The FOP has been pushing for Mayor Greg Fischer and his administration to renegotiate the current contract which expires in 2023.

“We need to significantly increase the starting salary and not a dollar or two to be competitive. We have to pay more than these places to attract the best qualified applicants, ”Johnson said.

A spokesperson for the mayor’s office said he was aware of the problem and referred to three recently announced pilot programs aimed at boosting the recruitment and retention of workers. They include a $ 1,000 payment to current employees now and another in June, but Johnson says it’s just not enough.

More on those here: Metro Corrections hopes to increase and maintain ranks with incentives

“A payment of $ 1,000 did not have the desired effect that the mayor’s office wanted to have because it was not a significant amount of money for these people going through what they are facing,” said Johnson said.

Johnson said more recruiting effort was needed and even suggested enlisting help from the National Guard until the staff reached a more sustainable level.

“We cannot wait three weeks. We can’t wait a month, ”Johnson said. “Something must be done today. It must be done by Monday. We can’t have another weekend like this.

Right now there are eight people in the academy, but Johnson says that won’t even cover the 12 officers who have already left this month.

WLKY has contacted Metro Corrections for comment, but has not had a response yet.

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