Prison system boosts pay of new correctional officers

Prison system boosts pay of new correctional officers

HUNTSVILLE, Texas (AP) - The Texas Department of Criminal Justice is raising the pay for state prison correctional officers with less than eight months of service.
  
In a statement issued Thursday, the state prison system said the move responds to a spike in the number of vacant correctional officer positions and the rapid rate of turnover in the ranks. The TDCJ says there were 3,688 vacancies in fiscal year 2017 and a turnover rate of 28.2 percent. Within that number is a nearly 42 percent turnover rate among first-year officers.
  
Effective Thursday, the agency increased its officers' salaries from $2,695 a month for officers with two months' service or fewer and $2,853 for officers with three to eight months service to $3,020. That's the same salary that officers with nine to 14 months earn.
  
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This story has been corrected to substitute 'months of service' to 'years of service.'

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2/1/2018 5:19:07 PM (GMT -6:00)
 

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