Youth Commission Reviewing Overtime for Guards

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AUSTIN (AP) - Texas Youth Commission officials say overtime payments for guards have gotten out of control.

The state's juvenile prison says it will temporarily halt such payments while it reviews how the agency spent more than half of its annual overtime budget in September.

The agency spent about 55 percent of the $1.3 million that it expected to spend in an entire year.

Acting Executive Director Dimitria Pope says overtime payments will be halted starting tomorrow while the agency makes sure there are controls at each facility to ensure the overtime is needed.

The suspension was announced in a memo obtained by the Austin American-Statesman.

The system's 2,200 guards will still be required to work overtime, but their payments will be "banked" for later rather than disbursed at the end of the month.