Tallahassee, Florida - April 7, 2011 -
Corrections officers will work 12 hour shifts at Jefferson Correctional Institution in north Florida as a prelude to possible implementation of the idea statewide, the Department of Corrections said Wednesday. Under the proposed change, officers will work fewer days – 182 days a year instead of 260 – but still get the same number of hours. They’ll also be paid for four hours more of work each pay period, agency officials said. “Twelve-hour shifts will give correctional officers more time with their families and put more money in their wallets,” said Corrections Secretary Edwin Buss. “For taxpayers, it saves money because it reduces overtime and decreases the number of officers needed at the facility.” Buss said the move was expected to save almost $170,000 annually at Jefferson C.I. alone.