If our department won't fill open positions, PSCOA believes the General Assembly must step in and enact legislation that would force the DOC to adequately staff our institutions.
PSCOA proudly represents more than 9,500 men and women who patrol cellblocks and serve in our 26 state correctional institutions and forensic units.
Delivering these critical benefits to all of our members has been a top priority for our association since the PSCOA took over the bargaining unit that governs corrections employees only five short years ago.
CONTACT: Roy Pinto of PSCOA, +1-866-GOPSCOA, or +1-717-364-0170
PSCOA has been working for two years to address the problem of understaffing in light of prison overcrowding and problems that have led to thousands of corrections staff grievances.
This is nothing less than balancing the budget at the expense of the safety of our officers," added PSCOA Vice President Roy Pinto.
Since January 1, PSCOA has received reports of approximately 126 assaults on correctional staff at institutions across the state.
To deal with these problems, PSCOA is supporting Senate Bill 362 and House Bill 1235, which would compel the Department of Corrections to fill all currently authorized officer positions.
This week, McNany called for the state's Corrections Secretary, Jeffrey Beard, to meet with PSCOA
representatives during his May 6th visit to the SCI at Dallas, Luzerne County.
The statistics cited by PSCOA
on prison population came directly from the department.
But citizens also need to know that a majority of the assaults that PSCOA
speaks of actually take place in our prisons' restricted housing units (RHUs).
In addition to making a contribution, the PSCOA
collected and will distribute food, water, milk, blankets, flashlights and generators.