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DOC officers and staff rally for safer working conditions – Colorado Springs, Colorado

Colorado Springs, Colorado 2022-05-19 23:17:08 –

Colorado Springs — Colorado Corrections Bureau (DOC) employees held a rally on Thursday to demand safer working conditions.

Members of Colorado Winds, a state staff union representing more than 4,000 DOC employees, are calling for immediate action to fill more than 800 vacancies in Colorado correctional facilities. The fact sheets provided by Madeline Griffith, a communication strategist at Colorado Winds, show some amazing statistics.

  • Correctional facilities in Colorado average about two assaults per day against DOC employees.
  • In the last 12 months, there have been 1,191 attacks on detainees by other detainees.
  • Vacancy of more than 360 employees is a security position to protect inmates and employees.

DOC employees said the shortage of staff further puts working conditions at risk as correctors are overworked and the risk of violence is increased.

“They are burned out,” said Eric Olsen of the Denver Reception & Scientific Center. “We have a high divorce rate. Life expectancy is short and we are supposed to die 15 years earlier than the average person. And suicide rate is one of the highest suicide rates in any profession. The problem is exacerbated by the lack of personnel. I sometimes ask myself, am I tired or depressed? “

According to the fact sheets, changes being promoted by employees include retaining staff, suspending arbitrary overtime mandates, and paying employees in other occupations to intervene to fill vacancies.

So far, DOC has not met these demands.

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