ANNAPOLIS, Md. (WJZ) — Maryland’s correctional officers will receive raises as part of a $13 million package, Governor Larry Hogan announced Friday.

This follows his announcement last week of higher salaries for new hires in those positions.

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The state has had trouble filling those positions, according to his office.

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“This is vital work and the individuals who maintain the security of our correctional institutions and oversee the work of inmates deserve recognition for performing this challenging job,” Hogan said in a statement. “I am pleased to be able to offer these increases, which are well-deserved.”

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CBS Baltimore Staff