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Michigan Department of Corrections Recruiting 700 Corrections Officers

Michigan — The state of Michigan is looking to hire approximately 700 corrections officers at it’s prisons.

Department of Corrections spokesperson, Chris Gautz says the department has been losing about 50 officers per month. The shortage of officers is largely due to a spike in retirements of employees who were hired over 30 years ago to fill positions created during the prison–building boom. Promotions and turnover also play a factor in the scarcity of state corrections officers. In an attempt to fill the positions, the department has heightened recruitment efforts, loosening eligibility requirements associated with college credits.