Maui jail operating with less than half the normal staff

Maui jail operating with less than half the normal staff
A riot in March at Maui Community Correction Center left behind significant damage. (Image: Department of Public Safety)

WAILUKU, Hawaii (AP) - A Hawaii jail where a riot broke out in March is operating with less than half the normal number of corrections officers.

The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday that the Hawaii Department of Public Safety says as few as 83 of 170 guards are regularly reporting to work at the Maui Community Correctional Center in Wailuku.

Corrections officers say some guards are working 60 to 80 hours per week to compensate.

A public safety department spokeswoman says many corrections officers have been working double shifts for three to five days each week.

Asked if the National Guard may be required to help staff the facility, the spokeswoman says “all possible options” will be explored.

Inmates caused more than $5 million in damage during a March 11 riot at the jail.

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