Due to Act 10, there has been a mass exodus of officers. Those who could retire, did. Those who weren't yet eligible looked elsewhere for work. This left the prisons extremely short-staffed and the officers who were still on duty were working long hours due to mandatory overtime, leaving them exhausted and less than on top of their game.
Making things worse, Walker and cohorts passed Act 28, ending any chance for early release for the inmates and taking away their only incentive to behave.
These acts of incompetence and indifference had led to the predictable spike in assaults on the corrections officers.
The problems still remain and people are still getting hurt:
A corrections sergeant at the Columbia Correctional Institution was stabbed multiple times with a pencil by an inmate with a history of attacking law enforcement officers, according to the Columbia County Sheriff's Office.I would have thought that when Walker went to visit his old chum, Tim Russell, in prison, he might have noticed that his agenda wasn't working. Then again, Walker probably wouldn't have cared.
The sergeant and other officers were able to eventually restrain the inmate, but the sergeant was stabbed multiple times in the head and neck area, according to a news release from the sheriff's office.
The inmate is a 39-year-old Milwaukee man serving a 40-year sentence for armed robbery, according to the release.