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NJ agrees to $5M in back pay to prison guards



TRENTON, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey has agreed to a settlement in which current and former corrections officers will share $5 million in back pay because a training program that was approved for a year lasted a decade.

The Star-Ledger of Newark reports about 3,900 officers will receive nearly $1,200 each.

The deal will cost the state about $6 million, including about $1 million for attorneys.

The dispute stems from 1998 when the state changed the way it trained new guards. Student/trainees received a stipend of no more than $300 a week instead of on-the-job training.

The program continued without officials making it permanent.

Apprentice guards are now paid $650 a week.

The president of the guards’ union says members are not pleased with the deal, but it’s time to move on.