Corrections Sec. Carr ‘can’t guarantee’ salary increase will attract new prison guards

Joint Finance Committee members quizzed Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr on staffing issues at correctional facilities across the state.
Members highlighted a number of conditions that make hiring new corrections officers difficult, including relatively low pay and dangerous work conditions. A January report also showed that overtime costs at Wisconsin’s prisons jumped $7.5 million in fiscal year 2018 compared to two years earlier, driven by vacancies that require guards to fill designated shifts.
Carr said the guv’s Corrections budget proposes an increase in starting wages from $16.62 per hou...

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