Prison Employees Get Visitors

By: Donald Robinson
By: Donald Robinson

"I am really upset about the way people are being treated," said Charles Thompson, warden of the Staunton Correctional Center.

Thompson told a panel of state legislatures and Department Of Correctional officials his employees are getting the short end of the stick.

"I listen to all this stuff," said Thompson, "I'm a dedicated state employee and I'm not trying to get any applause or anything like that. I'm just telling the truth and I think it's bad and shameful what happened to the employees of this place. If I get fired today, so be it."

Employees feel that state is not doing enough to provide other jobs or options to people with years of service.

"I been in the Department Of Correction for 27 years," said Gary Huffer. "I don't know if I got a job when they are finished doing placement."

State officials said each situation will be looked at in time.

"Well that's why we are going to work through each one of these individual cases with these people," said John Marshall. "We will address each and everyone of them."

Some employees said they have a solution to keep so many workers from being laid off.

"If they let us retire at age 45, that will open up jobs for a lot of other people," said Steve Morris a correctional officer.

And without help from the state, many of the employees say the future looks dark.

"I got two kids in college," said Tina Reed, a office medical assistant. "I don't want to have to tell my kids that they can't go to school next year."

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