Overtime costs skyrocket in Kansas prisons



January 29, 2019 - 10:03 AM

A November 2018 riot at the Larned Correctional Mental Health Facility resulted in one inmate injury. FILE PHOTO / KANSAS NEWS SERVICE

Kansas prisons spend almost four times as much on overtime pay as they did six years ago. 

The state paid out more than $8.2 million on overtime in fiscal year 2018 and is on track to spend even more in 2019, with overtime exceeding $5 million in just the first half of the fiscal year.

That’s compared to fiscal year 2013, when the state paid out just $1.8 million in overtime.

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