Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Prison Guards Get Early Raise.(New Mexico)

Byline: Barry Massey The Associated Press

* Rather than wait for next session, legislators boost correctional officers' pay 50 cents an hour

SANTA FE Prison guards in New Mexico soon will get a bit more money thanks to an unusual agreement reached Tuesday by the Legislature and the Corrections Department.

An across-the-board pay increase of 50 cents an hour will be implemented by the department for about 1,300 correctional officers. That will boost starting pay to slightly more than $10 an hour.

Lawmakers pledged to try to provide money for even higher salary increases for prison guards and possible retirement system improvements when the Legislature meets next year. …

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