FL is far behind other states when it comes to starting pay for correctional officers

Vicki Hall, president of AFSCME Florida, a labor group, told the Phoenix in an email that the state should also focus on raising pay for other workers in the prison system. Overall, the union is advocating for all “state workers who are currently facing continually rising expenses for food, housing and gas,” Hall said.

“If corrections officers receive raises, other frontline workers in the corrections system should also be recognized for their hard work under difficult conditions. A variety of workers in addition to COs administer to the medical, spiritual and physical needs of the population with huge understaffing issues due to the dangerous nature of the work,” she said.

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