Great FOI Idea: Correctional Discipline Reports…

The Associated Press popped a nice FOI-driven story today:

Corrections officials in Arkansas fired dozens of employees this year for indiscretions ranging from failed drug tests to sleeping on the job, documents obtained by The Associated Press show.

The latest batch of disciplinary actions, obtained under a Freedom of Information request, reveal that as the prison population has doubled in the past two decades to more than 16,000 inmates, the state has struggled to find the right people to work with its criminals.

Many people who would be qualified applicants for jobs at the state’s 20 correctional facilities simply don’t want to work there. And out of the diminished pool of candidates, there’s a 27 percent turnover rate among the prisons’ security staff — nearly double the latest national average compiled by the American Correctional Association.

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