Archive for Thursday, November 29, 2012

Juvenile prison’s OT costs questioned

November 29, 2012


TOPEKA (ap) — A state senator is raising concerns about the overtime logged by workers at the Kansas Juvenile Correctional Complex in Topeka because of staff shortages.

The Topeka Capital-Journal reported Thursday that employees of the juvenile prison worked more than 14,500 hours of overtime from July to November. Sen. Pete Brungardt, R-Salina, said the problem is related to the state budget and the inability to hire enough staff to cover duties.

Terri Williams, the acting commissioner of the Juvenile Justice Authority, told lawmakers the agency has struggled to retain current staff and find enough qualified applicants who can pass background checks to fill 17 vacancies.


skinny 2 years, 10 months ago

I think it is more in line with the state doesn't pay enough money to retain employees!!

jhawkinsf 2 years, 10 months ago

Being a prison guard would have to be right up their at the top of my list of jobs I'd rather not have. Doing that in a juvenile facility would push it even further up that list. Frankly, you couldn't pay me enough to take that job.

thinkagain 2 years, 10 months ago

I would imagine that working with juvenile offenders is a lot like really stressful parenting. You don't just get to leave because of the time on the clock. You leave when the situation is resolved to a bare point of "we'll talk about this more later". If many of societies working models were based on the measure of success rather than the quantity of time spent (as with the problematice "fee for service" medical industry) we would spend less time getting better results because that's how a salary was earned.

Kontum1972 2 years, 10 months ago

its the parents fault....99% of the kids, poor kids.....but rich kids have better lawyers....$$$

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