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MD General Assembly Being Asked To Address Correctional Officer Hiring Challenges

December 28th, 2018 by WCBC Radio

Members of the Maryland General Assembly are being asked to address some of the challenges the Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services has been dealing with in recent years when it comes to new hires. Since 2015 it has become more difficult for the department to hire additional officers at the state's correctional facilities.  Stephen Moyer, the department's secretary, says that it began three years ago, after a law was passed requiring correctional officers to pass a polygraph test. This requirement ran in direct correlation with the drug-use standards with which applicants had to meet. For example, the law required that an applicant could not have had used marijuana more than three times over the course of his or her lifetime. Delegate Mike McKay says he has been told by those in the correctional officer field that the lie detector tests are acting as a major obstacle…


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