Prison board asks for raise for director

Wednesday, March 1st 2006, 10:41 am
By: News On 6

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ The board of the state Department of Corrections wants to give prison director Justin Jones a $30,000 a year pay raise.

Jones is currently paid $120,000 a year. Prisons spokesman Jerry Massey says the board believes Jones' responsibilities are similar to the head of a Fortune 500 company and his pay should reflect that.

Jones says he's not involved in the request and that he knew the salary when he took the job.

A bill pending in the Legislature would provide a $24-million supplemental appropriation to provide pay raises for prison guards. Guards currently start at about $20,000 a year.