On July 1, corrections officers held a rally in the road in front of Curran-Fromhold Correctional Facility on State Road in protest of shift hours and understaffing at the Philadelphia Department of Prisons.
The rally is a response after 74 corrections officers’ shifts changed hours. Some of the workers had worked the same hours for 10 years, said Gregory Trueheart, president of AFSCME Local 159 and organizer of the rally.
“You’re disrupting lives,” he said of Blanche Carney, Department of Prisons commissioner.
The rally was also in reference to the system being understaffed and lack of PPE for staff.
The rally shut down State Road at Curran-Fromhold’s entrance on the 7900 block. Vehicles were forced to turn around and some that continued to move through the crowd were blocked and hit by participants of the rally.