After eight staffers were injured during a riot at a Frederick County juvenile detention facility last weekend, AFSCME Maryland president Patrick Moran lambasted Governor Larry Hogan for his “failure to address the critical understaffing in state facilities.” Frequent fighting and assaults at the facility prompted the Maryland Attorney General’s office to recommend hiring more staff and capping the number of residents. “For years, we have warned about the dangerous impact short staffing has on our communities,” added Moran. “We fear that incidents like this will become more and more common unless Governor Hogan starts to prioritize Maryland families. Our kids deserve better. Our staff deserve better. Maryland deserves better.” Read the rest of his statement here.
photo: Moran at a 2015 rally in Annapolis