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Ringside Seat: Grinding work pace for prison officers poses risks

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MILAN SIMONICH

Ringside Seat

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:00 pm

Hard labor is still part of prison life, just not the way we remember it from The Shawshank Redemption.

Officers at the state prison in Los Lunas say they routinely work 72 hours a week because staffing levels are dangerously low. That is a staggering load — four 16-hour workdays in succession and then an eight-hour shift on the fifth and last day of the workweek.

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