In New Mexico Prisons, Little Sleep For Guards Means High Turnover

SANTA FE – Corrections officers at some of New Mexico’s state-run prisons say long days working mandatory overtime shifts are not only taking a toll on officers’ well being – they’re raising darker concerns, too.

“It’s no longer a situation that it’s just an inconvenience for officers – it’s become a public safety concern,” said Sgt. Robert Darnell, who has worked for four years as a corrections officer at the Central New Mexico Correctional Facility in Los Lunas. “How are you supposed to watch over these (inmates) if you can’t stay awake?”

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