Jul 24, 2015 Comments Off
The recent staffing shortage of correctional officers has led to a rapid increase in lockdowns across the province. Last year, there were over 900 lockdowns due to staffing issues – tripling 2009’s rate of 259. These figures solely reflect lockdowns triggered by staffing shortages. They do not include lockdowns caused by security breaches, transfers of high-risk prisoners, violence, or contraband.
The staffing shortage began in 2010 when Ontario put in place a hiring freeze. In addition to the freeze, the province beefed up aspects of the hiring process for correctional guards, changing the manner in which background checks are conducted. The province began hiring again in 2014, but have yet to hire enough to meet current demands.