Schofield: No intention of resigning

The state Correction Commissioner sat down for a long interview with the Tennessee State Employees Association, which is conducting a survey of the department’s employees, reports The Tennessean.

“I’ll say this, I have no intention of resigning. I think our agency is in good shape,” Derrick Schofield told the Tennessee State Employee Association during an extensive interview in November.

“We continue to operate sound facilities. We have documentation to prove it. We continue to maintain our accreditation and that speaks volumes about what we are doing and the folks that are out there doing it. That is what I say to that.”

…The commissioner goes into detail about the scheduling and incident reporting changes in his interview with the TSEA. As he’s done before, Schofield told the state employee agency that the department is considering looking at whether it needs to revisit reporting of previous violent incidents and upgrade their definition of “assault.” If that happens, data on prison violence is sure to change.

The department is also exploring changing the number and lengths of shifts at prisons, on a per-facility basis. That potential change is supposed to rely on the findings of an employee survey. The survey went out to correctional officers last week — delivery was delayed for at least two weeks in order to give the department time to get every officer an email address.

Although Schofield told Haslam the survey would be completed by Tuesday, the survey will actually remain open through Sunday. At that point, the TSEA will provide the department with the final results.

After asking officers where they work and how long they’ve worked for the department, the survey includes six questions about scheduling. The questions ask whether officers believe changes such as rotating days off and not being paid overtime until they’ve worked 171 hours in a month had a positive or negative impact on their lives.