Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager calls for Meeting on Security at State Prisons

(NASHVILLE, Tenn.), August 5, 2015 — Senate State and Local Government Committee Chairman Ken Yager (R-Kingston) said today that he has asked Senator Ed Jackson (R-Jackson), Chairman of the Corrections Subcommittee, to call a meeting to hear testimony concerning security and worker safety at state prisons in the state. Committee members will also look at the implementation of the 28-day work schedule adopted by the Department of Correction and its effect on turnover and officer safety.

“Considerable attention has been devoted to the implementation of a 28-day work schedule for the Department of Correction employees,” said Senator Yager. “There have been concerns expressed about some of the consequences of this implementation. We want to hear from the Department about these concerns and see if there are any changes that should be made to improve working conditions and make our prisons safer.”

In addition to Chairman Jackson, Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville) and Senator Thelma Harper (D-Nashville) serve on the Corrections Subcommittee.

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