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Not enough prison officers in Lower Austria

The Lower Austrian guard of justice moans about a signally manpower shortage. The numbers of prisoners increases dramatically. The number of prison officers only slowly. Since 2007 there was an increase of prison officers of only 3 percent.

Extra hours are already part of the everyday life and a heavy burden for the employees in the prison. Even the federal manager of the Socialist unionists has worry lines on his forehead and talks about an “unsustainable situation”.

The result of this can be seen in the high numbers of sick leaves. Experts are sure that there is a call for action. But politicans don’t want to hear all those problems. Next year they want to cut 48 million Euro in the budgets of Austrian prisons. Shrewd observers fear that this could end in a disaster.

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