Department of Correctional Services

Security Staff Overtime

Overtime costs for security staff in State prisons have steadily increased. In the year ended March 31, 1995, these costs, which totaled $39 million, exceeded their budget by almost $24 million. We examined the procedures used by the Department of Correctional Services to control these costs. Department officials told us that high overtime costs are caused to some extent by understaffing at some prisons. However, we determined that the nine prisons with the highest overtime expenditures all exceeded their expected staffing levels, while the seven most understaffed prisons incurred significantly less overtime. Our analysis of overtime costs indicated that factors other than understaffing may contribute to high overtime costs. We also noted that the overtime worked often was not adequately documented. We make several recommendations aimed at strengthening the Department's controls over security staff overtime.

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