MARYLAND CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS SAY STATE’S JAILS, PRISONS UNSAFE

The union representing Maryland’s correctional officers says a lack of staffing and resources are leading to dangerous conditions in the state’s jails and prisons.  The American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees says the shortages are leading to COVID-19 infections, assaults and unsafe conditions for officers and inmates. The union says the state doesn’t consistently deliver personal protective equipment to detention centers and COVID tests are not readily available. AFSCME and state lawmakers are also calling for investigations into potentially spoiled vaccines administered to some inmates. The Maryland Department of Health says just over 870 patients were affected and 135 were inmates.