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Budget Cuts Could Make Dangerous Job Worse

April 7th, 2008 by flanews

One of the states most dangers jobs could get even more dangerous. Lawmakers want the states prison system to operate with about two thousand fewer correctional officers. As Whitney Ray tells us, correctional officers fear theyll have to guard the states baddest inmates with fewer good guys.

Hear it here: Budget Cuts Could Make Dangerous Job Worse

James Baiardi has spent 22 years of his life keeping an eye on Floridas most violent criminals. During his time as a correctional officer Baiardi has been bitten, had his tooth knocked out. He was even stabbed with a pencil.

Over the years Ive seen some violent acts. Ive actually seen one inmate kill another inmate, said Baiardi.

On the day of the killing in 1990, Baiardi had to take down the killer who was still armed with a shank.

I had to disarm him from the weapon, I actually stuck the weapon down and secure the weapon, Baiardi said

Stories like Baiardis could soon become more common as lawmakers follow through with plans to cut 1,800 correctional officers. The Senates latest plan would eliminate money to build new prisons. The Department of Corrections says with less money it wouldnt be able to keep the prisons it has open.

If we are forced to make significant budget cuts to our prison system, like eliminating the 1,800 correctional officers, more than likely what we would like to do is close down a prison, said Gretl Plessinger a spokesperson with the Department of Corrections.

Which means some prisoners would be free. Under the cuts about six hundred probation officers would also lose their jobs.

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