Ongoing Colorado Confidential articles about the situtation in Florence. The ongoing question is what happens when no one wants to work in prison situations anymore?
Are correctional workers getting burned out at the United States Penitentiary Administrative Maximum Facility (ADX) in Florence, Colorado?
According to correctional officers (COs) at the federal prison, the facility is losing more correctional staff than it's gaining, and new and old recruits are transferring out of the Bureau of Prisons (BOP) to other government agencies because of frustration with staffing levels and the work demand at ADX. Prison managers are also encouraging new COs to allegedly cut corners in an effort to be more efficient, a fact veterans say can lead to trouble.
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Although the hiring process is elaborate, including background checks, credit checks, and multiple interviews, correctional workers are leaving ADX faster than they are arriving, whether it be to other agencies or by transferring to neighboring institutions like the Florence United States Penitentiary (USP) facility or the medium security Federal Correctional Institution (FCI).
"We've had new kids that joined, and within six months they're quitting because they've been basically run into the ground," says a veteran CO who has worked at ADX for a number of years and wished to remain anonymous when speaking to Colorado Confidential. "