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Maryland has severe shortage of correctional officers, union says

Maryland has severe shortage of correctional officers, union says

The union that represents employees at Maryland prisons charged Thursday that the state has a severe shortage of correctional officers, leading to dangerous conditions in the facilities.

Several dozen members and officials of American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees gathered outside the Dorsey Run Correctional Facility in Jessup for a news conference at which they blamed Gov. Larry Hogan for what they called a hazardous level of understaffing.

Sgt. Christopher Duffy, a correctional officer at the state correctional training facility in Hagerstown, said Public Safety Secretary Stephen Moyer told him in April that the department had 1,000 fewer correctional...

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