Controller: Philadelphia prisons at dangerous staffing level

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — A new report says Philadelphia’s prisons are operating at below needed staffing levels, creating a dangerous situation for staff and prisoners.

The report released Tuesday by City Controller Rebecca Rhynhart calls on the city “to hire over 300 correctional officers now” at a news conference releasing details of her findings. Rhynhart said the prisons department was already understaffed when nearly one in six officers left during the last fiscal year — putting the department about 382 officers short of the 1,884 needed to fully staff its facilities.

City officials say they are aggressively working to recruit officers, graduating a class of 23 cadets in May and starting training for another class of 20 Monday.

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