Gov. Bevin tours Eddyville penitentiary, speaks to staff

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EDDYVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Gov. Matt Bevin has told employees at the Kentucky State Penitentiary that he stands by his promises to include $4.5 million in retention raises for correctional workers at state prisons.

The Paducah Sun reports that Bevin made his first visit to the state penitentiary in Eddyville on Tuesday, joined by a team of legislators and other political officials.

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After touring the massive facility, Bevin told the group who gathered in the prison’s chapel that he will work to keep his proposals in the budget as legislators review it over the next few weeks.

Bevin also addressed the high turnover rate in corrections officers, currently reported at 67 percent statewide. He says he expects higher salaries will help lower that rate to benefit everybody.

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Information from: The Paducah Sun, http://www.paducahsun.com

 

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