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Marcel Moreta, a trade union representative, warns of a serious shortage of staff, the chronic burnout of officers, a rising number of sick leaves. Foto: MMC RTV SLO/Sabina Janičijević

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Correctional officers warn of poor conditions

14. June 2018 ob 12:08
Ljubljana - MMC RTV SLO

The current conditions at the Ljubljana prison are not only catastrophic, but on the brink of collapse. Marcel Moreta, a trade union representative, warns of a serious shortage of staff, the chronic burnout of officers, a rising number of sick leaves, and adds that there is no solution on the horizon.

The Ljubljana Prison changed its security plans in decreasing the number of correctional officers and in the escorting of imprisoned individuals. That means that on average, one correctional officer, working a 12-hour day shift, is responsible for around 40 prisoners.

As a result of the huge workload, officers are not able to offer escorts to courts to all prisoners, which is why the jail sentences of some prisoners are unjustifiable prolonged. From the start of the year until the end of May, prisons had to cancel the escorting of prisoners in more than 130 cases.

Authorities are trying to calm down the situation and inform the correctional officers that job vacancies have already been published. However, only ten people turned up in the last call for job applications, and the prison management selected no one. The predictions for the future are not encouraging, and the pool of workers for this type of job is clearly empty.

Sabina Janičijević, MMC; translated by K. J.
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