Md. DOC planning stricter hiring practices

Includes a more rigorous approach to background checks and the passing of a polygraph test


By C1 Staff

BALTIMORE — The Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services is planning to overhaul its hiring practices in an effort to shake the stigma of two dozen correctional officers being charged with corruption two years ago.

ABC News reports that the department plans to enforce stricter rules for new applicants, including a more rigorous approach to background checks and the passing of a polygraph test.

The union that represents correctional officers who work at the Baltimore City Detention Center has lobbied for better hiring practices in previous years to ensure that new recruits have the stamina to work in such a high-intensity job.

The union has also pushed to hire more veterans. 

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