Florida Prisons Offer $1,000 New Hire Bonus, But Not At Century Or Santa Rosa

August 11, 2017

The Florida Department of Correction is now offering a $1,000 signing bonus for new hires at several correctional facilities across the state, but not locally at Century Correctional Institution or Santa Rosa Correctional Institution. The bonuses are paid  upon completion of the correctional officer certification through either FDC or certain state colleges.

The hiring bonus is part of a three-tiered approach targeting staff recruitment and retention to ensure continued safety in Florida’s correctional institutions and communities. The recruitment and retention plan was recommended by Governor Rick Scott and approved by the legislature during the past legislative session. The plan also provides an increase in the base pay for correctional officers and a ten percent increase in pay for officers who work in the Department’s inpatient mental housing units.

Certified new hires are eligible to receive bonuses at the following institutions:

  • Apalachee Correctional Institution
  • Franklin Correctional Institution
  • Gulf Correctional Institution
  • Northwest Florida Reception Center
  • Baker Correctional Institution
  • Columbia Correctional Institution
  • Hamilton Correctional Institution
  • Mayo Correctional Institution
  • New River Correctional Institution
  • Reception and Medical Center
  • Suwannee Correctional Institution
  • Taylor Correctional Institution
  • Union Correctional Institution
  • Desoto Correctional Institution
  • Hardee Correctional Institution
  • Dade Correctional Institution
  • Okeechobee Correctional Institution


6 Responses to “Florida Prisons Offer $1,000 New Hire Bonus, But Not At Century Or Santa Rosa”

  1. Rob on April 8th, 2018 11:33 am

    Grand Locust
    Sorry for the late comment, I just read the article.
    I can only assume that the Department of Corrections is offering the $1K bonus due to the fact that the future employees of the DOC have to put their life in danger on a daily basis, face blood borne pathogens, violent offenders, work shift work with Tues/Wed off for years, spend their holidays at work away from their family and friends, etc… just to name a few.
    The DOC from what I am reading does need to modernize the contracts with each rank and include pay raises yearly with a max cap at each rank.
    I would assume that providing a good job, although dangerous and sacrificing, with yearly pay raises and a good pension would begin the process of modernization and recruitment to weed out the undesirables.
    With good pay, you get good officers.
    Just my opinion

  2. Former CO on August 15th, 2017 3:35 pm

    That sounds a lot like a direct tv pitch. All new customers get a better deal than our current customers. What’s really bad is when they raise the insurance rates to recop this bonus all officers will get hit.

  3. SGT on August 12th, 2017 1:51 pm

    Everyone who wears the uniform and puts there life on the line to keep the public safe should get the bonus plus a raise. Let one of these inmates show up at the governors or secretary’s door then let’s see if there political agenda changes.

  4. Grand Locust on August 11th, 2017 12:37 pm

    When you fill your jails with non violent dopes and mopes, do not be surprised by what it costs the taxpayer to keep those jails full and make a profit for the for private prisons. No money to get cameras at the sportsplex and no money to fix roads and bridges correctly, but the bottom line of private prisons…….by golly that is a priority and let the taxpayers keep paying as dopes get sentenced to 25 years for being addicted to drugs, while violent criminals are released with no skills, no jobs, and within months they will kill and maim, and we act surprised.

    I would rather that $1000 be paid to more probation officers to keep a closer eye on violent offenders who are released. How about protecting the public.

  5. TLW on August 11th, 2017 11:19 am

    @C/O Sergeant, I totally agree with you.

  6. C/O Sergeant on August 11th, 2017 6:40 am

    Let’s reward new hires with a $1000 bonus but not the corrections officer that have stuck with the state for numerous of years now. Makes alot of sense.

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