Texas prison officials get big raises, drawing ire

POSTED: 8:02 AM Nov 18 2013   UPDATED: 8:15 AM Nov 18 2013
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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) -

Top Texas prison system officials have been given significant raises by an executive director whose own pay hike has raised complaints.

Brad Livingston awarded raises from 8 to 23 percent to division directors at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
    
The system's medical director's salary went from $309,000 to $375,000, and the deputy executive director and chief financial officer went from $133,301 to $150,000.
    
TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark said the raises were necessary to retain and recruit top leaders.
    
But Brian Olsen, head of a union of correctional officers, said the salary hikes make him "want to puke."