The Backgate, as well as several other sources, have been talking about the current staffing shortages within the TDCJ that have created safety and overtime issues all over the state for months. Millions in paid out overtime dollars and serious safety issues for staff members who are now required to do more with even less. Senator John Whitmire, Senate Criminal Justice Committee Chair who frequently weighs in on TDCJ issues in our forum, stated to the Backgate today that he has long been in favor of increased staffing and raising pay to attract more applicants. Whitmire told us that he needs help from all of us in making that become reality.
"I share your concerns on the TDCJ Corrections Officer shortage and have been very vocal about it. I have pushed for improved benefits and pay in the past and will do so again this session." Said Whitmire. He went on to say " Keep in mind I am but one member and will need the support of the majority of members as well as state leadership. I encourage each Correctional Officer to reach out to their Representative and Senator."
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