Senate confident of pay raises for Florida Corrections Officers

Committe chair says they'll find money to give prison guards pay increases

March 20, 2017 - 15:03 pm
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TALLAHASSEE (by Alan Spector/FLA. NEWS NETWORK) -- The chairman of the Appropriations Committee in the Florida Senate says they'll find the money to give prison guards a pay raise this year.

 

That was welcome news for Corrections Secretary Julie Jones, who says she can't hire people fast enough to replace the officers who leave for better-paying jobs.

 

"We have streamlined and increased hiring; in fact, we're a hiring machine," she said. "We hire thousands of new corrections officers and correctional probation officers every year. The problem is, I can't keep them. In many cases, I can't compete with local business and government to even hire them."

 

Jones says it's gotten so bad that she's lost officers to Wal-Mart.

 

Jones says she wants an across the board raise for guards and probation officers, extra pay for working with inmates who have mental health problems, and a hiring bonus for officers who transfer to prisons that are severely understaffed.