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MILAN SIMONICH

Ringside Seat

Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 8:00 pm | Updated: 8:12 am, Mon Mar 31, 2014.

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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1 comment:

  • Francisco Carbajal posted at 8:10 am on Mon, Mar 31, 2014.

    FranciscoCarbajal Posts: 219

    "They know Marcantel is listening but wonder if anybody else in power is paying attention." Nope, nobody cares. The "political power" that makes those financial decisions to finance those prisons and detention facilities in our state are not focus on "care taking" responsibilities of the public safety, welfare, or health of the correctional officer's and their families, period! Secretary Marcantel knows this to be true and he is fighting a battle by himself and it is too bad that "anybody else in power is paying attention" to him as we speak. So, for the time being, these public servants that are watching those violent criminals behind bars will have to take care of their own chit inside those walls and improvised like every Marine is taught to do.

     

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