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MN Dept. of Corrections looking to hire more officers

KAAL-TV
Created: March 28, 2020 10:43 PM

(ABC 6 News) -- For years, the Minnesota Department of Corrections in Minnesota has fought for increased funding to add more prison guards. With COVID-19 spreading throughout communities in the state, MN DOC Commissioner Paul Schnell knows it's only a matter of time before the virus is found inside one of the state's 11 prison facilities.

ABC 6 News spoke with Comm. Schnell this week as we look into how COVID-19 is affecting prisoners and staff. Even though it's only a few Schnell says there has been some staff loss due to self-quarantine, "There hasn't been a lot so far, but we do as I mentioned, aggressively screen staff as they come into the facility to make sure they aren't demonstrating or showing some of the symptoms that can go along with a COVID infection."

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Schnell says there has been an uptick in DOC applications but he is still encouraging people to apply for positions. 

Be sure to tune in on Monday on ABC 6 News at 6:30 with Betsy Singer for the full in-depth interview with Comm. Schnell.


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