State Dems Call For Audit Of Portage Prison Understaffing

Source: Gilman Halsted, Wisconsin Public Radio, September 14, 2015

Two Democratic state legislators are asking for an audit of overtime and safety issues at a maximum security prison in Portage, but the Republican chair of the Legislature’s audit committee is asserting that the Legislative Audit Bureau has too much to do to address the issue right now. Sen. Jon Erpenbach and Rep. Dave Considine visited the Columbia Correctional Institution last week and spoke with correctional officers who said they’ve been forced to work double shifts. Considine said understaffing at the prison means new guards are getting less training than they have in the past. …