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Gov. Justice signs bills to increase correctional officer salaries

August 20th, 2023 by WCBC Radio

Gov. Justice held a ceremony at the Gene Spadaro Juvenile Center in Mount Hope where he signed into law several bills passed in the recent Special Session of the West Virginia Legislature which are all designed to reduce vacancies in the state’s jails and prisons, increase pay scales for correctional officers, and offer retention incentives for non-uniform correctional staff. 

"It is incredibly important our hardworking correctional officers get paid what they deserve," Gov. Justice said. "This legislation is just a drop in the bucket, but it will go a long way in filling our vacant positions and upgrading our jails around the state. We have been working with lawmakers for a while to make this happen, and I am thrilled to see it cross the finish line. This is a big win for West Virginia."