Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prison Guards May Get Better Pay, Benefits.

Byline: Arley Sanchez Journal Staff Writer

State Sen. Michael Sanchez says he will introduce a bill this week calling for a $3.50-an-hour pay raise and better benefits for state prison guards.

"They deserve it," the Belen Democrat said Wednesday. "They work long hard hours under extremely strenuous circumstances and they deserve to have a decent wage and good benefits."

Sanchez said he believes many legislators feel the same way and that his bill will have a good chance of enactment.

Failing that, Sanchez said he will work to extend a pay increase for the guards made possible by a loan approved by the state Board of Finance in November.

That plan resulted in starting salaries going from $9. …

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