Department of Correctional Services

Security Staff Overtime (Follow-Up Review)

In our prior audit report 94-S-75, we examined the procedures used by the Department of Correctional Services to control overtime costs for security staff in State prisons. At the time of our prior audit, Department officials told us that high overtime costs were 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. We also noted that the overtime worked often was not adequately documented. We made several recommendations aimed at strengthening the Department's controls over security staff overtime. In our follow-up review, we found that progress has been made in implementing these recommendations.

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