Prison Extends Shifts To Cover Worker Shortage

The Montana State Prison is adjusting work schedules in an effort to address a large number of vacant positions, but the president of the correctional officers’ union said Monday the overhaul will only push more employees out.

About 30% of jobs at the prison in Deer Lodge are unfilled.

In an internal memo shared Monday with the Montana State News Bureau, Department of Corrections Director Brian Gootkin told correctional staff at the state prison their shifts will be changed from eight hours a day to 12 hours in mid-July. 

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