State recruits guards from other islands to help Maui jail

KAHULUI, Maui — The state Department of Public Safety is recruiting guards from other islands to counter a staffing deficit at Maui Community Correctional Center.

Staffing levels at the Maui jail have fallen to the point that the state is flying in guards to fill shifts.

Public Safety has asked guards to commit to working a week at a time at the jail in Kahului.

A memo written by Public Safety Director Nolan Espinda says hotel, airfare, ground transportation costs and a per diem, including a meal allowance, will be paid.

Guards previously said that, following a riot in March, an increasing number of staff members have not fulfilled their shifts, leaving others to compensate by working 60-80 hours per week.

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