|Missouri Corrections Dept head says she’s made massive leadership changes after prison scandal|
|By missourinet.com- Jason Taylor|
The Director of the Missouri Department of Corrections says she’s made massive personnel changes in management and staff at the agency.
Director Anne Precythe spoke before a legislative committee last Thursday, where she noted 75% of senior management in her office has changed, while 80% of leadership at the division that manages the state’s 21 correctional centers had been replaced. She also said 17 prisons have had some form of change at the top, including 11 prisons that are being headed by new wardens.
Precythe replaced Director George Lombardi in February 2017 after a newspaper story revealed a prison culture of harassment, intimidation and retaliation that resulted in at least $7.5 million in lawsuit settlements being paid out by the state over a four-year period.
Before the House Subcommittee on Corrections Workforce Environment and Conduct, Precythe said she spent most 2017 focused on staff.
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