Colorado's prison guard overtime explodes by $9 million annually

By: Christopher N. Osher, The Denver Post
January 5, 2014 Updated: January 5, 2014 at 3:30 pm

Legislation that turned a shuttered prison in rural Fort Lyon into a facility to aid the state's homeless included provisions that have escalated overtime costs for Colorado's prison guards by $9 million annually, a legislative analysis has found.

Prior to passage of the legislation, the Corrections Department computed overtime for corrections officers using a 28-day work period.

The legislation, sponsored and pushed by leading Democratic legislators, ended up shortening those work periods to 14 days. It further required overtime pay when hours worked by a corrections officer exceeded 85 hours in a 14-day work period and when officers worked 12 or more hours in a 24-hour period.

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