Texas Agency Using Bonuses to Hire Prison Guards

Texas Agency Using Bonuses to Hire Prison Guards

Staff Report
Associated Press

AMARILLO, TEXAS- Bonuses of $4,000 will be offered to boost recruitment of state corrections officers as Texas prisons contend with shortfalls in staffing.
The Amarillo Globe-News reports prisons across the state are in need of guards but the situation is particularly acute in the Panhandle, where nearly 150 guards are needed to fill vacancies at three facilities.

The Texas Department of Criminal Justice recently announced the signing bonuses are being increased from $3,000 for those who sign one-year contracts. The department wants the new hires for rural prisons and those areas where the agency competes for workers with the oil and gas industry.

Full-time prison guards start with a salary of $29,220, which can rise to $38,880 after 7½ years.

An employee must repay the bonus if they leave the job.