Milwaukee County House of Correction graduates new jailor class, works to combat staffing shortage

Posted at 9:46 PM, Jan 30, 2017
and last updated 2017-01-30 23:09:12-05

FRANKLIN -- Milwaukee County officials are doing their best to stay ahead of a staffing concern affecting correctional facilities nationwide.

In an effort to add more staff to the workforce, the County's House of Correction graduated 21 recruits Monday after four weeks of training. The group is made up of correctional recruits from Waukesha County and Milwaukee County.

"She is someone that has always cared about the community that she's lived in," Margaret Bailey Stewart said. "This is an accomplishment for her… I'm very proud of her."

Bailey Stewart is referring to her daughter, Damantie Bailey. Bailey graduated from Jailor Class #235 Monday, and her mom said she's hopeful for the impact her daughter will have on the lives of others while working as a corrections officer.

"When she realizes what her full potential is here, she will be able to grow her career and do whatever she feels most passionate about in making a difference in the community she serves," Bailey Stewart said.

County Executive Chris Abele is looking forward to great things from this graduating class too.

According to Abele, since the House of Correction is now managed by the county instead of the Sheriff's Office, the department has changed for the better and the issue of staffing is almost null and void.

"We're in a lot better shape than most, and certainly better shape than we were," Abele said.

Hiring quality correctional staff is a challenge, Abele admitted, but it's one he said he and the Milwaukee County House of Correction will take on together. 

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