107.5FM WCCN The Rock - The Coolest Station in the Nation
Memories 1370AM 98.5FM
98.7FM / 1450AM WDLB - Timeless Classics
Listen Live: 107.5 THE ROCK92.7 FM
Family owned radio stations serving all of Central Wisconsin

Almost a Quarter of the Jobs Within the State Department of Corrections Are Unfilled

Wednesday, December 22nd, 2021 -- 10:01 AM

(AP) Almost a quarter of the jobs within the state Department of Corrections are unfilled.

Wisconsin Public Radio reports about 1,100 jobs remain open and maximum-security facilities in Portage and Waupun are operating with only half their staffs. Corrections officials are now sending almost two dozen officers from other facilities each pay period to that prison.

Corrections Secretary Kevin Carr says low pay and fears of COVID-19 are keeping people from applying for positions. Legislators approved raising guards' pay from $16.65 an hour to $19.03 per hour in the last state budget.

They're also considering a bill that would raise minimum wages by 50 cents an hour on top of an annual 2% raise.

Feel free to contact us with questions and/or comments.