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Prison Guards: Unsafe Behind Bars

July 22, 2019 07:22 PM

(ABC 6 News)-- Prison safety was an important part of budget talks in the past legislative session. This coming after a spike in assaults and the death of two corrections officers.

The deaths prompted continuous talks between the Minnesota Department of Corrections and lawmakers as many staff members raised concerns of their own safety.

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On Monday at 6:30, it was the first night of a week long focus inside our prison system. Joe Trygstad was a former prison guard at the Faribault prison.

His wife reached out to ABC 6 News with her concerns after her husband's attempt to break up a fight between inmates and his pepper spray didn't work.

Joe had been a guard in the Faribault prison for more than 10 years and he agreed that there is a growing security issue not only for himself, but others workers inside the prisons in Minnesota.

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