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Texas Legislature 2019

Texas prison guards to get a small raise, but some doubt it will help with chronic understaffing

The state's two-year budget provided $84 million to increase salaries for correctional officers and other prison employees as the Texas Department of Criminal Justice faces nearly 4,000 empty guard positions.

A correctional officer training class led by Major Robert Lopez at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice William G. McConnell Unit at Chase Field in Beeville on Nov. 1, 2013.

Texas Legislature 2019

The 86th Legislature runs from Jan. 8 to May 27. From the state budget to health care to education policy — and the politics behind it all — we focus on what Texans need to know about the biennial legislative session.

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The current and new salary schedules for Texas Department of Criminal Justice correctional officers, based on the $84 million influx from the legislature.

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