CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — Nevada prisons employees racked up nearly 25 percent more in overtime in the fiscal year that ended in June compared with the year before.

State corrections chief James Dzurenda (zur-EHN'-dah) reported Tuesday in Carson City that the Nevada Department of Corrections accrued $15.5 million in overtime and compensatory pay costs in fiscal 2017.

That was $3 million more than the $12.5 million paid out the previous year, and it amounted to almost one-third of the nearly $47 million overtime total for five state departments all year.

The Las Vegas Review-Journal reports (http://bit.ly/2fhPJ0r ) that Dzurenda told the state Board of Examiners that some of the increase is due to inmate trips to hospitals and the cost of covering vacant guard positions.

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State lawmakers have questioned the high level of overtime, after approving staffing increases and a 9 percent pay hike for prisons.

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Information from: Las Vegas Review-Journal, http://www.lvrj.com

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