Texas prison officials get big raises, drawing ire
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."
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