A group of legislators and state prison officials heard a request for restoration of staff positions Wednesday during a closed-door session with representatives from all three prisons in the complex south of Hagerstown.
Washington County Delegation Chairman Christopher B. Shank, R-Washington, said Division of Correction officials will consider the request and make a recommendation by October. He was unsure about the exact number of positions requested, but said it did not include all of the positions that have been cut during the past three years.
Correctional officers at the prisons have been complaining that staff cuts have presented security issues, and recent attacks by inmates on correctional officers increased that concern.
Mary J. Livers, deputy secretary for operations for the Department of Public Safety and Corrections; new Western Regional Assistant Commissioner Randy Watson; Del. LeRoy Myers, R-Washington/Allegany; and Del. Robert McKee, R-Washington, attended the meeting.