Eastern Shore Correctional Institute retention plan

SOMERSET COUNTY, Md.- While the largest prison in Maryland is ramping up efforts to hire more correctional officers on the front end, they said they’ve made progress on the back end.

The Eastern Shore Correctional Institute said thanks to the Retention and Longevity Incentive Program more correctional officers are choosing to stay past retirement.

It seems the retention plan has encouraged 72 ECI officers not to retire so far.

The program pays qualified retirement-eligible officers $7,500 dollars within 30 days of signing on for four more years, $7,500 dollars again in 2 years; and $22,500 dollars at the conclusion of four years.

By having this program in place, ECI is holding on to experienced officers for longer.

“It’s a big game changer, not only do we get the staff staying longer, but we also get to take in transfer knowledge over to the younger officers that start,” Walter West, Warden at ECI, said.

“Good opportunity, good career a lot of room for advancement here,” Lt. Christopher Parks, a correctional officer, said.

“It’s a no brainer for me, you know I think it’s a great idea keeping your most experienced employees,” Darren Evans, a correctional officer, said.

This program was implemented in mid January at ECI.

47ABC was told because of this retention bonus plan, there are 645 officers who are not retiring statewide.

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