Prison paying less overtime

LOCK HAVEN — With the recent implementation of 12-hour shifts for correctional officers, overtime hours are going extinct at the Clinton County Correctional Facility.

Warden Angela Hoover reports there were 445 total overtime hours served by the officers in the month of December, compared to the 836 total overtime hours in the month of November.

The prison now employs 58 correctional officers, which Hoover describes as a “full complement” of personnel. The prison saw three resignations in the last month, which allowed the hire of one full-time officer and two to be transferred from part-time to full-time.

“No delay in training helps significantly with our over-time budget,” Hoover said.

A 12-hour shift cycle was recently implemented at the correctional facility, with the goal to eliminate the need for extra hours.

“There have been a total of 23 overtime hours in 2019 so far,” Hoover said at the county prison board’s monthly meeting Wednesday morning. “Of those, 12 were the direct result of this transition.

It has been going really smoothly. There was maybe a little bit of hesitation going into this, but I think it will work out really well for us. For our correctional officers, that will amount to 78 additional days off a year. It builds into retention, it is something that will really help us with the retention of our employees,” she said.

Hoover also reports that the county prison is operating “under budget and above revenue.” Based on December’s outstanding bills, the prison projects a revenue of $4,500,000 compared to an adopted amount of $4,171,000. Along the same line, the projected expenses amount to $6,300,000 compared to an adopted amount of $6,619,422.

For 2018, the correctional facility averaged 97 county detainees, 78 males and 19 females, along with an average of 159 inmates from outside agencies. Hoover notes that “the goal to meet the budget is 150, and the nine additional per diems amounts to approximately $240,000 a year in revenue.”

Hoover also noted that the prison was able to secure many donated items from SCI (State Correctional Institution) Greensburg.

“After SCI Greensburg closed down, items in the facility were offered to other SCI’s and then opened up to county facilities. Replacement locks, doors, stainless steel toilets, cell desks, storage cabinets. It is well over $30,000 in items to use over the years, and will result in substantial savings for the county in years to come. This is stuff we will eventually have to replace. Our staff is planning two more trips to secure more items before they are gone. They are all donated items,” she said.

SCI Greensburg opened in 1969 as a regional correctional facility. It officially closed June 30, 2013.

Hoover also commended staff on their performance during a recent facility-wide shakedown.

She reports, “We did searches on the whole place in one shot. It took two days and required a lot of attention to detail. There was no serious contraband, some ‘soft contraband’ as we call it, extra linens or plastic silverware or what not. It went well, and it was all done without overtime hours.”

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