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Wisconsin Corrections Staff Logged $50M In Overtime In 2018

Officials Point To Ongoing Staffing Shortages

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Department of Corrections staff in Wisconsin racked up $50 million in overtime in 2018.

An internal review shows the overtime at the state’s adult correctional institutions increased by $7 million from 2016. Overtime expenses for 2017 were not available.

The overtime is largely caused by staffing vacancies. The State Journal reports about 680 correctional officer and sergeant positions — or 15 percent — were vacant last year.

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DOC spokeswoman Clare Hendricks says the state’s low unemployment rate contributes to the agency’s difficulty in retaining workers. The state saw an unemployment rate at or below 3 percent for most of 2018.