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State Can't Keep Corrections Officers Because of Pay

State Can't Keep Corrections Officers Because of Pay



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Paul Nelson Reporting Officials say they're losing many corrections officers because they just can't afford them.

Corrections officers make about $13.73 an hour when they start, according to state officials, and some people say that's not nearly enough. "We look at comparabilities with the salaries that we are right now paying our correctional officers; it is substandard," Utah Department of Corrections Executive Director Tom Patterson said.

Patterson says they're asking for more funding so they don't loose officers to county jails. "We are presently in the budget request cycle, which means that we are presenting our requests to the governor's office," Patterson said.

Patterson says he can't give an exact dollar figure now, but it will be in the millions.

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