Prison workers critical of DOC commissioner

Posted: Friday, June 04, 2010

ANCHORAGE - State prison employees are upset that Corrections Commissioner Joe Schmidt is not acting on a legislative audit recommending more prison guards.

Sgt. Danny Colang, president of the Alaska Correctional Officers Association, says prisons need more "boots on the floor" to help handle issues created by overcrowding. He says cameras can't break up fights or stop suicide attempts.

The Department of Corrections says Alaska has more correctional officers per inmate than the national average and contends there should be additional study before spending $4.4 million a year to implement changes recommended in the audit.

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