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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - An audit of Tennessee prisons is recommending the Correction Department change the way it classifies assaults.

If adopted, the department will likely see a spike in prison violence, at least on paper.

That's because currently an assault on staff where no one is injured is classified as "staff-inmate provocation," which is considered a nonviolent offense.

Richard Stalder is one of the auditors for the American Correctional Association. Speaking at a Wednesday meeting of the Senate Corrections Subcommittee, Stalder explained the recommended change this way: "If I swing a baseball bat at your head and just barely miss you, it should be sanctioned the same way whether I hit you or not."

The audit also recommended moving correctional officers from a 28-day work schedule to a 14-day schedule.

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