- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 12, 2015

BALTIMORE (AP) - Officials from the Maryland Department of Public Safety and Correctional Services are planning to change their hiring practices in the wake of corruption charges levied at ex-officers.

WMAR-TV reports (https://bit.ly/1PEEacs ) a spokesman for the department says they plan to enforce stricter rules for those who apply for jobs in the correctional fields.

These changes will include a more rigorous approach to background checks as well as the passing of a polygraph test.

Union officials who applaud these changes still say more needs to be done to hire more officers and ensure safety regulations are in place.

In 2013, two dozen Baltimore City correction officers were arrested on corruption charges.

Officials say those arrests created a stigma and have led to there being a shortage in correctional officer applications in some states.

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Information from: WMAR-TV, https://www.abc2news.com/

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