AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) – Maine’s top prison official says morale and staffing problems will only worsen if the Corrections Department is forced to absorb any more budget cuts.

Corrections Commissioner Martin Magnusson told the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee on Wednesday that he doesn’t believe the Legislature can safely make any more cuts in corrections. Magnusson said the corrections spending reductions have been continuing for a decade and he sees the results every day.

The Bangor Daily News says members of the state prison board of visitors also presented a report showing 14 areas of concern, which include poor morale among corrections employees and inadequate staffing. Other concerns are mental health services and programs to help inmates improve themselves.

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