Top Texas Prison Officials Get Pay Raises of Up to 23 Percent


The head of Texas’ prison system has given significant pay increases to top officials, months after his own large pay hike came under fire from prison employees, the Austin American-Statesman reported. Brad Livingston awarded raises of 8 to 23 percent to division directors at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice. The Legislature earlier this year gave Livingston a 39 percent pay raise, from $186,300 to $260,000. In total, the raises for Livingston’s executive team will cost more than $250,000 a year.

The newspaper obtained the figures through the state open records law. At the Department of Criminal Justice and several other agencies, many top officials make more money than the $150,000 a year paid to Gov. Rick Perry. A spokesman said the pay increases were deserved and necessary “to attract talented professionals.” But Brian Olsen, head of a union of correctional officers, says the salary hikes make him “want to puke” and compared them to the much more modest increases of less than $2,000 a year paid to guards.

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