Colorado

Jan 3, 2014 7:35 PM by Alyse Rzemek

Overtime pay for Colorado prison guards jumps by $9M

DENVER (AP) - A legislative analysis finds that overtime costs for Colorado prison guards have increased by $9 million a year.

According to The Denver Post, the increase is due to provision a new law that turned a Fort Lyon prison into a facility to help the homeless.

The legislation shortened the work periods for computing overtime for guards from 28 days to 14 days. It also required overtime pay when a guard works more than 85 days in a 14-day period and when guards work 12 or more hours in a day.

The analysis says those provisions eliminated the Corrections Department's discretionary ability to pay cash or compensatory time for overtime.

The analysis says after the legislation went into effect in August, overtime jumped from $213,438 to $960,000 a month.

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