That’s why Colorado WINS is pushing for Senate Bill (SB) 210, new legislation introduced this week that will implement new scheduling and staffing standards to improve timekeeping and overtime compensation for corrections officers.
Currently, Colorado Department of Corrections’ (CDOC) officers operate under a 28-day, 171-hour work period. This is based on the assumption that correctional officers work twenty 8.5-hour shifts plus one hour. In practice, however, this system reduces the officers’ ability to earn overtime, is not standardized throughout the department and leads to low morale because of the difficulty of matching pay to hours worked.
HB-210, sponsored by Senator Angela Giron and Representative Crisanta Duran, proposes the following solutions:
- Decrease the length of the work period to 14-days and 85-hours. Officers are less likely go into overtime. A shorter work period also improves officers’ ability to earn overtime when held over.
- Officers who work 12 or more hours in a 24-hour period receive shift premium.
- Pay stubs that clearly reflect all hours in a work period.
- Greater flexibility in staffing facilities. Allows for additional options when staffing issues arise, such as employee shift substitution, voluntary overtime lists, roving and pool staff coverage.
- Utilize an automated timekeeping system. An automated timekeeping system provides a uniformity and transparency, reduces human element in scheduling and tracking hours worked, and creates time-stamped audit trail of who changes employees’ hours.
Call Senator Giron and Representative Duran and thank them for working to protect Colorado’s correctional officers.
- Sen. Angela Giron – (303) 866-4878
- Rep. Crisanta Duran – (303) 866-2925
You can view the language of SB 210 here.
In addition, as the state’s inmate population declines for the first time since the 1990s, Colorado WINS is also advocating for a new “state-beds-first” policy. Read the Colorado WINS report “Imprisoned by Profit: Breaking Colorado’s Dependence on For-Profit Prisons” to learn more.
State facilities have borne 93% of the bed and facility closures since 2009. As of now, the state has 390 open beds in CDOC facilities that could house inmates currently in for-profits. In addition, since 2009 the state has taken 300 bed units offline at Buena Vista, Sterling and Trinidad, which could have been used to house inmates from for-profit prisons. Colorado WINS opposes the “share the pain” philosophy and will continue to fight state bed closures as the budget bill moves to the house floor.