The Department of Corrections staff in Wisconsin racked up $50-million in overtime in 2018. An internal review showed the overtime at the state’s adult correctional institutions increased by $7-million from 2016. Overtime expenses for 2017 were not available.
The overtime is largely caused by staffing vacancies: about 680 correctional officer and sergeant positions were vacant last year; that’s fifteen percent of those positions. Department Of Corrections spokeswoman Clare Hendricks said the state’s low unemployment rate contributes to the agency’s difficulty in retaining workers