Shortage Of Guards Causing Prison Closings

JACKSON, MS (Ben Caxton) — Saying they can’t hire enough guards, parts of one Mississippi prison are closing. Corrections Commissioner Pelicia Hall says her department has moved about 400 prisoners from the South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Leakesville to two other state prisons, 15 county-run regional jails, and three private prisons statewide. More units may close at the three state-run prisons. Hall says the starting yearly salary for correctional officers, just under $25,000, is not enough to attract applicants to a dangerous job although the Corrections Department is aggressively trying to hire employees.

 


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