Alabama Prisons Announce New Compensation Packages

July 10, 2019

The Alabama Department of Corrections (ADOC) has announced a new salary and bonus schedule.

ADCO correctional officers will receive a two-step, 5% pay raise and expand the incentive program to include bonuses for additional training and career milestones.

Updates to the ADOC’s comprehensive compensation plan include salary increases, higher guaranteed probationary increases, recruitment and retention bonuses, optional excess annual leave payout, salary grade changes and two new position classifications. This includes:

  • Salary increases including a 2% cost-of-living adjustment, effective Sept. 1, and a one-time, 5% raise for employees in the correctional officer series, effective Oct. 1.
  • Probationary increases of 5% for employees who meet performance expectations.
  • Recruiting and retention bonuses, ranging from $4,500 – $7,500.
  • Excess annual leave payout for up to 80 hours of excess annual leave per year.
  • Two new position classifications including a new entry-level correctional officer position, Basic Correctional Officer.
  • Salary grade changes.

Our employees are our greatest assets and the key to improving prisons in Alabama,” said ADOC Commissioner Jeff Dunn. “Increasing compensation for our security workforce is crucial to recruiting qualified new employees and retaining current ADOC personnel who carry out critical, meaningful work across the state of Alabama.” photo.


6 Responses to “Alabama Prisons Announce New Compensation Packages”

  1. Todd on July 13th, 2019 3:20 pm

    First of all…the majority of officers are
    Fair and do a good job…the minority
    Give them a black eye on everyone…I
    Run daily and care about my job. I work
    Hard to complete tasks…also inmates
    Want to be safe while in prison and
    They want more officers.

  2. Retired Officer on July 12th, 2019 8:43 pm

    Tabby, What experiences do you have or knowledge do you possess for you to have arrived at this opinion?

  3. Florida on July 11th, 2019 4:59 am

    Time for the Florida Correctional Officers to go to Alabama so they can get fair pay!

  4. Tabby on July 10th, 2019 9:35 pm

    @Johnny–A lot of what you say is correct. However, the lack of backing from higher UPS is just the cycle things flow in. For decades officers had their way with just about everything. Making life hell for inmates on just a word. Yea, most probably deserved it. Yet that power goes to head of many narcissistic officers for which there are many. The good, upstanding, moral character gaurds are the minority. The fat, poor, lazy, not wanting to do anything but wanna get paid more for it gaurds are the majority. Want a better life, go to school, something. There’s a payoff for all choices. What’s a gaurds ? Purity ? Not.

  5. Johnny on July 10th, 2019 3:03 pm

    CW is correct. The commissioners and everyone making all these decisions from behind a desk in Montgomery think they have it all figured out. True, Alabama needs new prisons but you have to question how they are going about all this. They own thousands of acres of land in Atmore and other cities but no prisons are being built on land currently owned by the state. Why is this? Sounds fishy to me. Who is going to make money off this deal? They will lose probably half of their staff when they move these prisons from their existing cities. Why aren’t the mayors and legislators questioning this? A new prison isn’t going to change the dangerous behaviors of the inmates the staff has to deal with on a daily basis. A new prison isn’t going to change the fact that they are overcrowded. A new prison isn’t going to change the fact that half the staff is dirty. These issues need to be addressed first. Yes, they deserve a raise. In fact, more than what is being given to them. The few dirty ones make all the rest look bad. There are decent Officers behind these walls but when you have 10 years of bad leadership (just look at their head commissioner who just got fired) what can you do? These wardens, commissioners etc are more concerned with the floors being mopped than they are with inmate assaults on staff. The officers have very little support from the higher ups. Just like with cops on the street, these officers behind these prison walls are scared to do their jobs. This is why the inmates are so out of control. Building new prisons absolutely will not magically make new Officers appear. The currently have 15 or so institutions spread throughout the state in all different cities and they are all short staffed. How will turning 15 prisons into 3 create more employees? Most of the commissioner staff now are former military with ZERO correctional experience. They have the “staff should be willing to relocate attitude” because they have done that their whole life with the military. This isn’t the military. They are making life altering decisions for some employees. Some dedicated employees will be forced to quit because these new prisons will just be too far to drive for them.

  6. CW on July 10th, 2019 11:35 am

    I’m afraid this won’t matter for Atmore if the state is going to be closing them. Anyone interested in those jobs better be willing to relocate.

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