Hundreds of corrections officers call in sick during NFL championship game

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Hundreds of corrections officers called in sick on the day of the NFL’s annual championship game.

It’s an issue we’ve been tracking for years. Too much sick leave translates into overtime pay to make sure the prison’s maintain minimum staffing requirements.

The Department of Public Safety says on Sunday, Feb. 5, 260 of 733 workers assigned to staff the state’s prisons and jails called in sick.

That’s up from last year, when 230 workers called in sick, and from 2015, when 255 workers called in sick.

Officials say despite their absence, all planned programs, including visitation, were held as scheduled.

KHON2 spoke with Senator Will Espero to see if he thinks something needs to be done, “You have to give the department credit for the fact that the prisons and jails were open to visitation and that’s a good sign, but certainly if anything needs to be changed it either has to be the union contract or just the way that the department is managing these days.”

The breakdown follows:Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017

SickAssigned
Halawa Correctional Facility70165
Kulani Correctional Facility425
Waiawa Correctional Facility832
Hawaii Community Correctional Center3380
Maui Community Correctional Center37149
Oahu Community Correctional Center78209
Kauai Community Correctional Center924
Women’s Community Correctional Center2149
TOTAL260733

Sunday, Feb. 7, 2016

SickAssigned
Halawa Correctional Facility68165
Kulani Correctional Facility825
Waiawa Correctional Facility2032
Hawaii Community Correctional Center3280
Maui Community Correctional Center22149
Oahu Community Correctional Center58209
Kauai Community Correctional Center324
Women’s Community Correctional Center1949
TOTAL260733

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