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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