Staffing dozens short at Tucker Max, where breakouts occurred UPDATE – Arkansas News

Staffing dozens short at Tucker Max, where breakouts occurred UPDATE – Arkansas News

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The security staff at the Tucker Maximum Security prison, where inmates have twice overpowered guards in the last 16 days, is about 24 percent below authorized force.

Solomon Graves, the prison spokesman, said Tucker Max is authorized to have 208 security positions, but there are 49 vacancies — 45 correctional officers, three sergeants and one major.

Does staffing explain the recent security breaches? What, exactly, happened in each of these breaches? Punishment will be meted out to prisoners, but is there any responsibility to be assessed against staff? Will Department Director Wendy Kelly ever answer questions about these and other prison issues?

There are many questions, but not many answers as yet.

UPDATE: In its way, this Q&A between Jacob Rosenberg of the times and Solomon Graves of the Correction Department is instructive:

1. Is the fact that Varner Max prison is short of officers a reason for the 2 incidents that have occurred?

I am assuming that you are referring to the Maximum Security Unit where yesterday’s incident took place. The contributing factors that led to yesterday’s incident will be identified during the Critical Incident Review.

2. How many of the current Tucker Max employees are new to working for ADC within the last year?

I will not be able to get you that information today. I will have to…

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