Concerns of prison guard shortages in Georgia - WTOC-TV: Savannah, Beaufort, SC, News, Weather & Sports

Concerns of prison guard shortages in Georgia

(Source: WTOC) (Source: WTOC)
TATTNALL CO., GA (WTOC) -

None of us want to work where there aren't enough people to handle the load.

That's especially true in Georgia's prisons, where shortages can put corrections officers in danger.

A visit Thursday to Tattnall County by the board that oversees Georgia's prisons further reminded everyone of the need to get staff numbers back where they want them. They've see a drop in recent years, but they want to hire and retain more correctional officers to help get the ratio of officers to inmates closer to where they want it to maintain safety and security inside Georgia's prisons.

“If you go back to 2009 to 2016, and track the number of officers that we're losing, that's gone up every year,” said Georgia Department of Corrections Commissioner Homer Bryson.

The commissioner now feels optimistic they'll be able to bring people and keep them.

“We've been able to put more money into salaries and that's helping, but we're also hopeful with more money in the budget coming up we'll be more competitive in the market and be able to address those issues,” said Bryson.

Copyright 2016 WTOC. All rights reserved.

  • NewsNewsMore>>

  • GOP Candidate Katie Arrington recovering from surgeries after deadly crash

    GOP Candidate Katie Arrington recovering from surgeries after deadly crash

    Sunday, June 24 2018 7:37 PM EDT2018-06-24 23:37:33 GMT
    The crash killed one and injured two others Friday night at approximately 9 p.m. in Adams Run. (Source: Live 5)The crash killed one and injured two others Friday night at approximately 9 p.m. in Adams Run. (Source: Live 5)

    Republican Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington is out of surgery and recovering after a Friday night car accident.

    More >>

    Republican Congressional Candidate Katie Arrington is out of surgery and recovering after a Friday night car accident.

    More >>
  • Forsyth Park busy despite heat advisory

    Forsyth Park busy despite heat advisory

    Sunday, June 24 2018 6:10 PM EDT2018-06-24 22:10:39 GMT
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)
    (Source: WTOC)(Source: WTOC)

    On Sunday afternoon WTOC ventured to Forsyth Park to see how people were beating the heat.  Despite a heat advisory being in effect until 8 p.m., children were enjoying the splash pad, while others were brave enough to play volleyball. 

    More >>

    On Sunday afternoon WTOC ventured to Forsyth Park to see how people were beating the heat.  Despite a heat advisory being in effect until 8 p.m., children were enjoying the splash pad, while others were brave enough to play volleyball. 

    More >>
  • Savannah Police investigate pedestrian-involved crash

    Savannah Police investigate pedestrian-involved crash

    Sunday, June 24 2018 6:07 PM EDT2018-06-24 22:07:37 GMT
    (Source: Raycom Media Stock Image)(Source: Raycom Media Stock Image)

    Savannah Police's Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating a pedestrian-involved crash that happened Saturday in the 1400 block of Abercorn Street. 

    More >>

    Savannah Police's Traffic Investigation Unit is investigating a pedestrian-involved crash that happened Saturday in the 1400 block of Abercorn Street. 

    More >>
Powered by Frankly