The vax mandate for the Pima County Adult Detention Center goes into effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
According to Acting Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher, there is a “substantial” number of officers who are not vaccinated.
He added that this “may result in the need to reduce the PCADC population.”
An Arizona county is looking into expediting the release of inmates in case its COVID-19 vaccination mandate results in the loss of half of its corrections officers.
Acting Pima County Administrator Jan Lesher wrote city officials about the issue, saying the Pima County Adult Detention Center faces a potentially significant loss of manpower when the vaccination requirement for employees takes effect on Jan. 1, 2022.
The County board of supervisors voted in November to require vaccinations of all workers before the end of the year. At that time, any correctional officers who have declined to be vaccinated would “face termination if an accommodation is not possible.”
“Currently we have a substantial number of correctional officers who work in the Pima County Adult Detention Center, and therefore subject to this vaccine requirement, who are not fully vaccinated,” Lesher wrote. “Should this be the case on January 1, there may be fewer corrections officer[s], which may result in the need to reduce the PCADC population.”
A task force has been formed to find a way to reduce the inmate population safely.
It is unclear how many will be freed.
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