RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Virginia prison officials say they are experiencing a severe staffing crisis. They’re seeking to increase starting salaries by about 25 percent in an attempt to recruit and retain correctional officers.
The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that the Department of Corrections says it is facing a shortage of more than 1,600 correctional officers.
They say the staff shortage jeopardizes security and safety for inmates, staff and the public.
The COVID-19 pandemic, enhanced unemployment benefits, non-competitive salaries and the availability of less-demanding jobs have exacerbated the difficult job of recruiting officers.
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