Members of the state Regional Jail Authority have endorsed a plan to hire 100 new full-time employees.
The move must be approved by the Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety and the Division of Personnel.
Executive Director Joe DeLong told the authority that hiring the workers will cost about $2.4 million a year, but should reduce the authority's overtime costs by at least $3.6 million annually.
DeLong says finding applicants for the new positions shouldn't be a problem at most of the 10 regional jails.
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