Overtime Soars for Delaware Prison Guards

Apr 13, 2018

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The Delaware Department of Correction is now looking at breaking through the $30 million mark when it comes to overtime.

The Wilmington News Journal reports that’s a 37.7 percent increase over the $22.2 million for additional overtime in the last fiscal year.

Understaffing has been blamed for the uprising at the James T. Vaughn Correctional Center that took the life of one prison guard.

The News Journal report that many are saying the tensions inside the state’s prisons are rising again.

There have been massive resignations since that riot which has pushed the Correction Department to require more overtime.

The paper reports that state taxpayers are expected to continue laying out the money with the department looking at more than 260 vacancies.

There are around 7-thousand inmates with staffing levels at around 84 percent.