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Hours decreased at Prairie Correctional, but layoffs avoided

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APPLETON -- Prairie Correctional Facility in Appleton is avoiding layoffs by cutting hours for all of its employees.

The action comes in anticipation of declining inmate numbers. Workers at the private prison will work 72 hours in every two-week pay period, instead of the customary 80 hours, according to Warden Tim Wengler.

Salaried staff will see a similar reduction by taking one-week furloughs.

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