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  • taxpayer
    July 02, 2010 - 13:30

    Give me a break is an example of someone who doesnt support defenders of public security. As a taxpayer im glad these officers are there to protect us. Obviously GMAB doesnt have the decency to at least show support for these officers. Its a testament of some peoples morals and values I guess. I hope they get better working conditions as promised and wish them all the seasons best from law abiding respectful citizens across our province.

  • confused
    July 02, 2010 - 13:23

    Like i said ,,,,,media people talk to the Correctional Officers,,a counsellor from John Howard society knows nothing about the life of a CO,,,,,and this Mrs Clarkin who the hell are you and why are you even being interviewed about a place you havent worked in,,,,,come on Telegram you can do better than that, you should of had Russell Wangersky do this article he is the man for this job, very intelligent and tells it like it is,,,isnt that what the public deserves when they spend money on a newspaper ..the truth!!!24 hour shifts are difficult im sure but from what i have heard from people who work there is that you work a 12 hour shift and about an hour before you get off you are told you have to stay until 12 o'clock, this happens all the time, and 24 hour shifts are not as frequent apparently, The workers at the Pen work every second weekend and are always placed on stand-by for there weekends off. So it appears to me 24 hour shifts are not as big of an issue as being portrayed in this article its the extra four hours they have to work every few shifts!!! Im sure the workers would like to go home to there familys after a 12 hour shift in that place,,wouldnt you???

  • Reality
    July 02, 2010 - 13:22

    CO's have to be on their toes and alert. They need to be able to pay attention to body language and understand when a safe situation may turn dangerous. They are in charge of both their safety and that of inmates.

    Nobody is fully alert on hour 13. They should not be working 24 hour shifts. There has to be a cost effective solution to this.

  • tired worker
    July 02, 2010 - 13:20

    The corrections officers are always under scrutiny by the public when something happens at HMP. Its time for the public to support these workers who walk the toughest beat in the province! The RNC nad RCMP are routinely praised in the public eye ,but the corrections officers are the ones who actually deal with the criminals and are outnumbered and in harms way all the time. You dont see them sitting in Tim Hortons !

  • Tom
    July 02, 2010 - 13:17

    Heather from Mt. Pearl.

    Last time I checked a teacher is in the school before the students arrive and leave after the students leave, so that works out to be about 9 hours a day, not counting their prep time they do in the evenings, reading papers and correcting tests. If your going to open your mouth, at least have a slight clue about what the hell your talking about.

  • the truth
    July 02, 2010 - 13:16

    The truth is that corrections officers are still put on standby on their weekends off , they work 24 hr shifts still. They are placed on holdbacks an extra 4 hrs after your 12 hr shift. They are still being harassed over sick leave! As for safety issues the officers have vests but no batons or o.c. spray on their sides. Only outside escorts are permitted to have this when most of the trouble happens inside the prison. There have been several assaults on officers in the last month and one where an officer was almost thrown over a railing and would have been hurt or killed if he fell. These staff members didnt have batons or o.c. spray on their sides and the management should be held accountable if anything happens to these people . They sugar coat the place , but the staff is at risk and the inmates are in danger due to more shanks being found and overcrowding. The staff havent seen the light and the darkness continues. By the way recently the managers warned the staff about being in the media and emailing etc or they will be disciplined. Why? What are they afraid the truth will get out there in the public and tarnish their image.

  • Heather
    July 02, 2010 - 13:15

    Bet the COs are not getting near the pay of other Public employees - like grossly overpaid teachers who work about 6 hours a day and still complain about how stressfull it is. Perhaps the Prov Govt should do a complete overhaul of public wages and then maybe there would be some money in the coffers to hire more COs. Nobody should have to work more than a twelve hour shift and except in cases of dire emergencies should not be on standby scheduled days off.

  • give me a break...
    July 02, 2010 - 13:14

    boo who :( Poor 'ol CO's. Want some cheese to go with the whine??

  • taxpayer
    July 01, 2010 - 20:18

    Give me a break is an example of someone who doesnt support defenders of public security. As a taxpayer im glad these officers are there to protect us. Obviously GMAB doesnt have the decency to at least show support for these officers. Its a testament of some peoples morals and values I guess. I hope they get better working conditions as promised and wish them all the seasons best from law abiding respectful citizens across our province.

  • confused
    July 01, 2010 - 20:08

    Like i said ,,,,,media people talk to the Correctional Officers,,a counsellor from John Howard society knows nothing about the life of a CO,,,,,and this Mrs Clarkin who the hell are you and why are you even being interviewed about a place you havent worked in,,,,,come on Telegram you can do better than that, you should of had Russell Wangersky do this article he is the man for this job, very intelligent and tells it like it is,,,isnt that what the public deserves when they spend money on a newspaper ..the truth!!!24 hour shifts are difficult im sure but from what i have heard from people who work there is that you work a 12 hour shift and about an hour before you get off you are told you have to stay until 12 o'clock, this happens all the time, and 24 hour shifts are not as frequent apparently, The workers at the Pen work every second weekend and are always placed on stand-by for there weekends off. So it appears to me 24 hour shifts are not as big of an issue as being portrayed in this article its the extra four hours they have to work every few shifts!!! Im sure the workers would like to go home to there familys after a 12 hour shift in that place,,wouldnt you???

  • Reality
    July 01, 2010 - 20:07

    CO's have to be on their toes and alert. They need to be able to pay attention to body language and understand when a safe situation may turn dangerous. They are in charge of both their safety and that of inmates.

    Nobody is fully alert on hour 13. They should not be working 24 hour shifts. There has to be a cost effective solution to this.

  • tired worker
    July 01, 2010 - 20:03

    The corrections officers are always under scrutiny by the public when something happens at HMP. Its time for the public to support these workers who walk the toughest beat in the province! The RNC nad RCMP are routinely praised in the public eye ,but the corrections officers are the ones who actually deal with the criminals and are outnumbered and in harms way all the time. You dont see them sitting in Tim Hortons !

  • Tom
    July 01, 2010 - 19:57

    Heather from Mt. Pearl.

    Last time I checked a teacher is in the school before the students arrive and leave after the students leave, so that works out to be about 9 hours a day, not counting their prep time they do in the evenings, reading papers and correcting tests. If your going to open your mouth, at least have a slight clue about what the hell your talking about.

  • the truth
    July 01, 2010 - 19:56

    The truth is that corrections officers are still put on standby on their weekends off , they work 24 hr shifts still. They are placed on holdbacks an extra 4 hrs after your 12 hr shift. They are still being harassed over sick leave! As for safety issues the officers have vests but no batons or o.c. spray on their sides. Only outside escorts are permitted to have this when most of the trouble happens inside the prison. There have been several assaults on officers in the last month and one where an officer was almost thrown over a railing and would have been hurt or killed if he fell. These staff members didnt have batons or o.c. spray on their sides and the management should be held accountable if anything happens to these people . They sugar coat the place , but the staff is at risk and the inmates are in danger due to more shanks being found and overcrowding. The staff havent seen the light and the darkness continues. By the way recently the managers warned the staff about being in the media and emailing etc or they will be disciplined. Why? What are they afraid the truth will get out there in the public and tarnish their image.

  • Heather
    July 01, 2010 - 19:55

    Bet the COs are not getting near the pay of other Public employees - like grossly overpaid teachers who work about 6 hours a day and still complain about how stressfull it is. Perhaps the Prov Govt should do a complete overhaul of public wages and then maybe there would be some money in the coffers to hire more COs. Nobody should have to work more than a twelve hour shift and except in cases of dire emergencies should not be on standby scheduled days off.

  • give me a break...
    July 01, 2010 - 19:53

    boo who :( Poor 'ol CO's. Want some cheese to go with the whine??