- Associated Press - Tuesday, May 26, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A Bernalillo County jail chief has called on corrections officers to use force less often, but the officers’ union says the policy change will limit their ability to handle unruly inmates.

The Albuquerque Journal reports (https://bit.ly/1J2CFEL ) jail chief Phillip Greer issued the instruction about six weeks ago. He says the goal is to reduce the chance of injury to staff and inmates.

The president of the union for jail employees says the directive runs the risk of undermining correction officers’ authority. He says officers must be able to maintain institutional control.

Jail officials say that use-of-force incidents increase when a new jail captain is assigned to a particular area, as inmates try to push boundaries. But, they said use of force had been down in April due to the new directive.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, https://www.abqjournal.com

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