Prison Administrators Want to Give Employees Bonus Money

Jail2Tennessee prison administrators plan to pay current officers a $1,000 bonus before the end of the year as part of an effort to bolster retention efforts.
The Tennessean reports that it obtained a staff memo sent Tuesday by Tennessee Department of Correction Commissioner Derrick Schofield to announce the decision. The move affects 3,300 officers, representing a possible $3.3 million price tag.
Schofield writes in the memo that the bonus is a one-time payment and is meant to show the department’s appreciation for its correctional officers and other employees.
Tennessee State Employees Association President Bryan Merritt lauded the bonuses, but says they likely won’t be enough to stop officers from walking out the door.