Paper Says Prison Staff Problems Caused by Low Pay

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PARCHMAN, MS (Ben Caxton) — The Clarksdale Press-Register newspaper reports that low pay is contributing to staff shortages at prisons including the Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman. Marshall Turner is superintendent at Parchman, a facility that houses 3200 inmates but is about 40 percent understaffed. 75 percent of the security staff are female and starting pay for prison guards is between $22,000 and $24,000 a year but Turner and state representative Tracey Rosebud both want to see the salary increased to near $30,000.



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