New legislation proposed to address staffing issues at ECI
ANNAPOLIS, Md. – In Annapolis, legislators are pushing for a piece of legislation that would address staffing issues at Eastern Correctional Institute. Last wee, Senator Mary Beth Carozza introduced Senate Bill 272. Which would provide an extra option for potential correctional officer employees to get jobs.
Currently, officials are having issues with interviewees taking the polygraph. And if they fail that test they can’t be employed. But, this proposed law would require an individual to pass either a polygraph examination or an extensive background check to increase staffing numbers.
“We can increase our numbers and it’s all about public safety we need more correctional officer’s at ECI and across the stage and we need to approve the hiring process and this just gives an apartment in additional tool to help in the hiring process,” said Carozza (R-District 38).
Carozza adds that the bill hearing for this piece of legislation took place last Thursday and got major support. It’s expected to be voted on in the senate finance committee within the next couple of weeks.