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‘We Cannot Sacrifice Safety’: Corrections Commissioner Says Safety Inside Prisons Paramount
By valleynewslive.com- Jennifer Mayerle
Published: 01/09/2019

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Safety and security for officers is the top priority for the new head of corrections. Just last July, Minnesota had its first corrections officer killed in the line of duty.

WCCO got a rare first look inside Minnesota Correctional Facility – Stillwater, since Officer Joe Gomm was killed. Nearly 1,600 offenders are housed there.

Behind the prison doors is where offenders live, eat and learn. And it’s where corrections officers work to oversee them. Paul Schnell has taken the reins as Commissioner of Minnesota’s corrections system.

“There’s no doubt there’s challenges. We need to deal with the safety and security of the people who come to work here every day,” Commissioner Schnell said.

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