MONTGOMERY, Aal. (WIAT) — The Alabama Department of Corrections has released a compensation package for correctional workers.
Updates to the ADOC’s comprehensive compensation plan include salary increases, higher guaranteed probationary increases, recruitment and retention bonuses, optional excess annual leave payout, salary grade changes and two new position classifications. Specifically, this includes:
- Salary increases including a 2% cost-of-living adjustment, effective Sept. 1, and a one-time, 5% raise for employees in the correctional officer series, effective Oct. 1.
- Probationary increases of 5% for employees who meet performance expectations.
- Recruiting and retention bonuses, ranging from $4,500 – $7,500.
- Excess annual leave payout for up to 80 hours of excess annual leave per year.
- Two new position classifications including a new entry-level correctional officer position, Basic Correctional Officer.
- Salary grade changes.
The ADOC recently announced its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan which focuses on four priority areas: staffing, infrastructure, programming and culture. In addition, since announcing the new Basic Correctional Officer position in May, the ADOC has seen a 150 percent increase in applications.
Thomas Kincey has worked for the department of corrections for 9 years, he started this journey looking to help rehabilitate inmates.
“You kind of bill not a relationship, but you’re able to help them and counsel them on days,” said Thomas Kincey.
As you can imagine after working for nearly ten years with the department any increase in pay is welcomed.
“It’s people that have worked there 15 and 18 years, so everybody is feeling like they will be compensated for the work that they actually do,” said Thomas Kincey.
The departments have faced major criticism from the courts about employee pay.
“We had an issue where we don’t have enough people on the ground, we needed to get more people in and we needed to retain people,” said Bill Lawley.
The package was part of a bill approved by the legislature this past session.