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Unscheduled leave running high in Hawaiian prisons

Staffing issues caused by high numbers of both scheduled and unscheduled leave by correctional officers

By Nestor Garcia

HAWAII — For some time now, KHON2 has reported on the problem of adult corrections officers (ACOs) on overtime and the number of times they have called in sick.

When that happens on the weekends, prison officials are forced to call off family visitations.

On Tuesday, the state Department of Public Safety revealed the number of ACOs that called in sick on the day of the National Football League championship game.

On that day, 251 guards called in sick. That’s a little more than a third of 673 guards assigned to work that day at the state’s eight prison facilities.

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