Delaware prison officials have asked recently retired corrections officers to return to work part-time to pick up the slack of officers refusing to work overtime. The corrections department has been looking at various options to fill voluntary overtime shifts not being taken by its officers, who are protesting pay and working conditions.
The News-Journal reports letters went to 35 retirees. As of Monday, one former officer said he was interested in working. The department is offering $15 an hour, with no impact on current pension benefits. An officers union official has said staff shortages contributed to several security lapses in recent months, including a serial rapist taking a counselor hostage in July and raping her during a nearly seven-hour standoff. Corrections officials have considered options including using state police, the National Guard and, most recently, hiring a private security firm.