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Bill aimed at increasing pay for corrections employees advances to full West Virginia House


CNHI Reporter

CHARLESTON, W.Va.  — A bill seeking to increase salaries of certain corrections employees now heads to the full House after being passed by the House Finance Committee passed by voice vote Monday.

The bill, which was requested by the governor, directs certain pay raises to be given to certain employees of the Division of Corrections, Division of Juvenile Services, and the West Virginia Regional Jail Facility Authority.

Raises amount to $6,000 — $2,000 over each of three years beginning in July of this year.

The committee substitute added language to the bill to say correctional officers, correctional trainers, parole officers or employees at correctional facilities or complexes, regional jails, detention centers or correctional facilities.

Counsel for the committee said the original version of the bill came at a cost of $5 million for juvenile services, about $5 million for corrections the first year, $11 million in the second year, and $16.6 million in the third year. For regional jails, counsel said it amounts to a cost of about $2.6 million for each year.

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