Nevada Prisons Face Recruitment Staffing Woes

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) - A state prison official says the Nevada
Department of Corrections struggles with hiring and keeping correctional officers because of pay, elimination of incentives and
competition from higher paying jobs elsewhere.

During a hearing Tuesday, Deputy Director Sheryl Foster told the Advisory Commission on the Administration of Justice that her department currently has 200 vacancies, many because of
"recruitment issues."

As part of budget reductions, lawmakers last year extended a freeze on merit and longevity pay, reduced premium holiday pay, and eliminated travel expenses for new correctional employees who must
commute more than 25 miles to their jobs.

Foster says correctional officers in rural areas often go to work for mining companies for higher pay. In Clark County, they often find higher paying jobs with local governments.

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