State Corrections Commissioner Paul Schnell

Staff Shortage Increases Overtime at Minnesota Prisons

The DOC had 113 officer vacancies as of Sept. 17.

ST. PAUL, Minn.–The Minnesota Department of Corrections almost doubled the overtime it paid prison staff in the past year because of a chronic staff shortage. The state’s DOC data shows it paid $12.3 million for more than 262,000 hours of overtime during fiscal year 2019. That’s up from the year before when the DOC paid $6.9 million of overtime for…