TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Turnover rates for workers at the state's correctional facilities dropped dramatically in the last half of 2008.
Prison officials say the drop is due mostly the a worsening economy, but a slight pay increase two years ago also may have convinced corrections employees at eight state facilities to stay on the job.
An example: the turnover rate at El Dorado Correctional Facility was 33.9 percent from July 2007 to June 2008. But from July to December last year, the rate was 9.2 percent.
Corrections Secretary Roger Werholtz says the bad state and federal economy has slowed the revolving door for the state prison system's 3,200 uniformed and non-uniformed staff members.
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