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The Department of Corrections is operating with 600 fewer employees during the state government shutdown. The 15-percent staff reduction means inmates can't receive visitors or volunteers, including those who perform religious services, because there aren't staff available to process them. Marla Thao, an inmate at the Shakopee women's prison, says she regrets she won't be able to participate in the monthly Hmong ministry program before she's released next month.

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