Wednesday, September 24, 2014

New National Study Shows Texas Correctional Officers are behind on Training

Austin -  A new national study on correctional officer training released by AFSCME Texas Correctional Employees during testimony before the Texas Legislature and Governor's Budget Board Tuesday revealing Texas is behind the national curve when it comes to training their correctional officers. 
During testimony in Austin, Lance Lowry, President of the Huntsville Local testified the national average for correctional officer pre-service training is 273 hour, while Texas Department of Criminal Justice pre-service training is only 200 hours. 
The correctional employees union recommended the state increase pay compensation that would allow the agency to reduce officer turnover rates and focus training needs on producing quality correctional officers that exemplify training levels nationally, instead of quantity. 

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