The chairman of the Senate Public Safety Committee says Georgia’s prison guards need a raise, and reducing the state prison population might free up enough money to make that possible.
State Sen. Buddy Carter (R-Pooler) was reacting to a report linking low pay to the high turnover rate among prison guards. Carter said the state is already taking steps to reduce the non-violent prison population.
He told All News 106.7 over the weekend that fewer prisoners means fewer prison guards, and that could mean higher pay for the remaining guards.
The State Department of Corrections had a 31 percent turnover rate last year. The Department of Juvenile Justice reported a 57 percent turnover rate.