Prison staff will have to take additional unpaid leave, but Gov. Nikki Haley said today that the agency has eliminated a $7.5 million budget deficit.
New Department of Corrections director William Byars said his agency was able to save $5.4 million because of lower-than-expected medical and workers compensation expenses.
Byars previously had announced non-security staff would take an additional five-day furlough, and today added a five-day furlough for security supervisors and a one-day furlough for prison officers.
Those savings clear up the budget deficit for the year that ends June 30 but would not address a projected deficit in the budget that starts July 1. Lawmakers currently are drafting that budget.
Haley took office in January with three cabinet agencies that report to the governor saying that they were running budget deficits.
The Department of Social Services previously announced it had eliminated its $27 million deficit. The Department of Health and Human Services still is looking for ways to reduce its $227.8 million deficit.
"We are not going to stop until we correct these problems," Haley said.