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Juvenile corrections officers call working conditions ‘deplorable’

<p>Juvenile corrections officers are sounding the alarm about working conditions they are calling deplorable.</p>

News 12 Staff

Aug 8, 2018, 12:23 AM

Updated 2,145 days ago

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Juvenile corrections officers are sounding the alarm about working conditions they are calling deplorable.
Union leaders have said for months the Bridgeport Detention Center has been so short-handed that they have been forced to work double shifts, sometimes without a bathroom break.
Union reps say the shortage also means they lack backup to safely deal with a situation, such as a fight, or to give troubled teenagers the attention they need to turn things around.
"It's very difficult when there is not another staff member available to respond, to help you de-escalate the situation before it goes to an out-of-control situation," says detention officer Ron Nelson.
Workers say the shortage snowballed due to a major budget cut back in 2016, injuries on the job and mismanagement by the judicial branch.
A spokesperson for the judicial branch says they recently hired 19 new officers and hope to have another class ready in the fall.


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