More Corrections Officers Needed to Solve Safety Issues, Union Says

More Corrections Officers Needed to Solve Safety Issues, Union Says Photo: KSTP-TV

October 18, 2018 06:42 PM

The union representing corrections officers in Minnesota says more are needed to keep prisons - and employees - safe.

The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees - AFSCME - is calling for lawmakers to provide funding for 327 additional officers and 75 to 100 other employees.


"Two correctional officers already have died in Minnesota’s prisons this year and dozens more have been assaulted by inmates," the union said in a release.

"AFSCME members have repeatedly asked legislators to fund adequate staffing. Union local leaders from each prison have worked hard to assess how much additional staffing each facility needs to ensure safety and security."

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A Department of Corrections spokesperson released the following statement:

"We support the work being done by AFSCME and our corrections officers, who work in difficult conditions every day while keeping Minnesotans safe. The Department and its leadership continues to support investing in additional corrections officers and other essential positions. We look forward to working together along with community partners to improve safety for our officers and everyone in our facilities."

Officer Joseph Gomm was killed at the Minnesota Correctional Facility-Stillwater in July. Inmate Edward Muhammed Johnson is facing two counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree assault in connection with Gomm's death.

In September, Officer Joseph Parise died of a medical emergency after he had earlier responded to an assault on another officer by an inmate.


Anthony Brousseau

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