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Staffing shortages prompt closure of Waupun prison hall

Posted at 12:59 PM, Dec 01, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-02 15:58:12-05

WAUPUN — Wisconsin corrections officials are closing part of the Waupun prison and transferring inmates to other facilities as they deal with long-standing staffing shortages.

The Department of Corrections said Tuesday it is closing a cell hall at the maximum-security Waupun Correctional Institution and sending its 220 inmates to other prisons.

Corrections officials say the transfers will reduce the prison’s overall population by 20% and help address staff vacancies.

The state prison system has historically struggled with staffing vacancies.

Correction: The Associated Press originally reported that the staffing shortages were exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic. DOC said in an update Wednesday that the department is dealing with "long-standing staff vacancy issues" that are not tied to the pandemic.

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