The Nevada State Board of Examiners will meet Tuesday to review the state’s overtime report for 2017.
Director of Corrections James Dzurenda may have to answer questions regarding the dramatic rise in prison overtime costs.
The Nevada Appeal reports the 2015 Legislature voted to pump more than $7.6 million in the prison budget to hire 100 more correctional officers to control overtime costs, which were reported in 2013 as $2.1 million.
Since then, those costs have risen to more than $12.5 million in 2017. Prison officials said those costs are due to an increase in prison population, and a dwindling staff to handle this rise in population.
DOC operations deputy said there are currently 163 vacant correctional officer posts in the state.