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Survey: Prairie du Chien prison guards like longer work shifts

PRAIRIE DU CHIEN, WI (WTAQ) - State officials are thinking about having guards work longer shifts at a second prison next year, after the idea got good reviews at the first place it was tried.

Correctional officers at the Prairie du Chien prison have been working 12-hour shifts instead of 8 since January.

The Corrections Department tried the idea to see how it would affect the prison's budget, operations, and morale among guards.

According to a department survey, 60 percent of Prairie du Chien employees thought the move saved money -- and 78 percent said it's now easier to balance their work and personal lives with fewer actual days on the job.

Those numbers have officials considering the same experiment next year at a second medium-security prison with twice as many inmates -- the one at Redgranite in Waushara County.

A prison sergeant there, Jennifer Murphy, is not wild about it. She and her husband both work at the prison, and Jennifer is afraid the longer shifts would make it impossible to get child care for their 5-year-old youngster with special needs.

Murphy put it this way to the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel -- "People are going to lose custody of their kids over this."

(Story courtesy of Wheeler News Service)