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February 7, 2023
Governor DeSantis Releases Plan to Allot Millions for Public Safety
The proposed plan includes pay raises for correctional officers, inspectors and probation officers, while designating millions for infrastructure and equipment needsAshley Silver Corrections 1
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. — Governor Ron DeSantis recently announced a plan to designate millions to provide police and corrections officers with an across-the-board raise and fund several other health and safety advancements in Florida prisons.
The new plan will increase the starting salary pay from $20 per hour to $23 per hour for correctional officers, inspectors and probation officers.
Over $1 million is being put toward parity pay for maintenance workers responsible for helping maintain appropriate sanitation levels within Florida prisons. In addition, $3.4 million will be utilized for a comprehensive retention plan geared toward experienced officers. It will ensure that senior officers are paid for their experience and provide new officers with an incentive to continue their careers.
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As Florida's largest state agency, and the third largest state prison system in the country, FDC employs 24,000 members, incarcerates 80,000 inmates and supervises nearly 146,000 offenders in the community.
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