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Burnside jail staff concerns about safety prompt investigation

The union representing employees at the Central Nova Correctional Facility says staff are concerned for their safety because they’re being asked to supervise high-risk and federal offenders in a common area in a section of the Dartmouth jail.

The provincial Department of Labour launched an investigation based on concerns raised last week by employees.

Jason MacLean, with the union that represents correctional workers, says there was a noticeable drop in attacks on staff during a period when the jail implemented a rotation where high-risk and short-term offenders were only allowed out of their cells one at a time.

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