Assault of officer at Anchorage jail raises staffing questions

From the article: “Winslow was a recruit who had not yet gone to the state correctional officer academy, according to officials with both the union and the corrections department. The union says Winslow had three months of experience and should not have been working alone with the inmate, who is 6 feet, 5 inches tall and weighs 250 pounds.”

“The correctional officers’ union has pointed to reduced staffing levels and reorganized shifts — blending 12-hour and eight-hour work days — that representatives say do not provide for adequate training of new officers. The changes were implemented this summer even after a 2010 legislative audit said there were not enough officers on shift at the Anchorage jail to keep staff and inmates safe.”

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