Thursday, February 7, 2013
Is the TDCJ Smith Unit at a critical staffing level?
An employee at the TDCJ Smith unit in Lemesa has chosen to break the silence about staffing issues at the West Texas prison and go on air to bring public awareness to a potentially deadly situation. A employee of that facility was featured anonymously on screen at KAMC TV recently explaining how chronic under staffing at the prison has put employees in danger, and created a situation where millions are being spent on forced overtime for staff. TDCJ claims the unit is operating at 53% staffing levels, meaning half of the total allotted number of employees are being required to fill those gaps left by those vacancies. An act that unit employees, along with the featured Officer, claim may result in employee or offender injuries or deaths if not addressed. We are following under staffing around the state, how it affects safety and the state budget. We have also brought in some Texas Legislators to give us their two cents on the issue. Stay tuned for more...
Click below to see the written and video stories regarding the Smith Unit issues on KAMC TV.
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