- Associated Press - Friday, October 24, 2014

TITTABAWASSEE TOWNSHIP, Mich. (AP) - Michigan corrections officers are protesting staffing cuts that they say led to an attack on a guard near Saginaw last week.

Nearly 100 members of a state corrections officers union rallied on Thursday near the Saginaw Correctional Facility in Tittabawassee Township. They say a lack of officers has caused a safety and security crisis at the prison.

Officials say a prisoner bludgeoned Kevin Ott in the head and stabbed him several times on Oct. 17. Family members say Ott is now recovering at home.

WEYI-TV reports department data show a 5-1 ratio of prisoners to guards in 2003. It has since increased to 7-to-1. A department spokesman says attacks on officers declined from about 740 in 2009 to 460 in 2013.

The Corrections Department and Michigan State Police are investigating the attack.

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