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Nevada’s prison OT down 69 percent in last quarter

June 24, 2018

CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — State spending on overtime pay at Nevada’s prisons dropped by more than two-thirds since Gov. Brian Sandoval ordered prison wardens to rein in their overtime budgets at the beginning of this year.

Prison overtime was 69 percent lower this latest quarter than the $4 million reported in the previous quarter, the Nevada Appeal reported .

Wardens in each institution are now managing overtime, determining whether it’s necessary, according to Nevada Department of Corrections Director James Dzurenda.

Dzurenda said they determine that necessity based on “the mood of the facility.”

The issue of overtime came up because the Board of Examiners recently voted to approve a request to cover the over $3.2 million budget shortfall using Contingency Fund money.

The $3.2 million is far less than the $22 million total corrections officials were reporting just a few months ago.

The issue came to a head in January when auditors told the governor corrections was $15 million in the red because of overtime costs and on track to hit $22 million.

Sandoval ordered his senior adviser Andrew Clinger to work with prison administration to get the costs under control.

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Information from: Nevada Appeal, http://www.nevadaappeal.com