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SKILLED TO WORK: About 700 jobs open for state corrections officers

The Mississippi Department of Corrections wants to hire about 700 people to work as a corrections officer, but the job may not be what you think it is.

Posted: Feb 9, 2021 9:21 AM

JACKSON, Miss. (WTVA) -- The Mississippi Department of Corrections wants to hire about 700 people to work as a corrections officer, but the job may not be what you think it is.

Burl Cain, the state's corrections commissioner, said those officers at Mississippi's three prisons don't necessarily do the same thing.

Promotional photo from MDOC encouraging people to apply for correctional officer jobs.

"We have jobs on the farm," said Cain. "We have jobs in the office. We have jobs to prepare food. And all these jobs are correctional officer jobs."

The correctional officer jobs also include teaching inmates morals as well as skills they can use.

"This is an important job," added Cain.  "This is a people job.  This is a job if you want to help, this is where you want to go."

The jobs are available regardless of education level. The agency will hire college graduates but will also hire people without a high school diploma. 

However, there is paid training on the job as well as classroom training, which includes teaching officers how to get inmates to calm down and follow instructions. The commissioner described that as being like a Dale Carnegie course.

"Actually, it could be good for your marriage," Cain joked.

The starting pay is $30,347.15, but it can climb in just six months.  Also, it comes with health insurance and state retirement.

Anyone interested in those positions can apply by email at mdocrecruitment@mdoc.state.ms.us or by calling 866-783-9359.

Mississippi Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Cases: 308111

Reported Deaths: 7122
CountyCasesDeaths
DeSoto20826248
Hinds19910411
Harrison17510302
Rankin13334276
Jackson13118243
Madison9908210
Lee9871170
Jones8297160
Forrest7525147
Lauderdale7198237
Lowndes6272144
Lamar611084
Lafayette6039117
Washington5281133
Bolivar4772129
Oktibbeha455897
Panola4445103
Pearl River4428141
Warren4284118
Marshall4276100
Pontotoc416972
Monroe4061132
Union403975
Neshoba3994176
Lincoln3871109
Hancock372885
Leflore3468124
Sunflower329589
Tate322782
Pike3188104
Scott310872
Yazoo304468
Alcorn298065
Itawamba297177
Copiah293265
Coahoma289778
Simpson288284
Tippah284868
Prentiss275759
Marion266079
Leake261373
Wayne261341
Grenada255384
Covington254780
Adams246082
Newton245161
George238147
Winston225981
Tishomingo222267
Jasper219748
Attala213473
Chickasaw205057
Holmes186872
Clay182854
Stone179331
Clarke177076
Tallahatchie175540
Calhoun163531
Yalobusha159236
Smith158834
Walthall130643
Greene129433
Lawrence126423
Noxubee126233
Montgomery125542
Perry125138
Carroll120926
Amite120141
Webster113532
Jefferson Davis105432
Tunica102725
Claiborne101330
Benton97325
Kemper95428
Humphreys94332
Franklin82123
Quitman78916
Choctaw73417
Wilkinson64928
Jefferson64828
Sharkey49617
Issaquena1686
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Alabama Coronavirus Cases

Cases: 520503

Reported Deaths: 10722
CountyCasesDeaths
Jefferson754091487
Mobile38938798
Madison33898495
Tuscaloosa25297443
Montgomery23992567
Shelby23124239
Baldwin20652300
Lee15541165
Calhoun14301311
Morgan14145270
Etowah13665346
Marshall11967219
Houston10381278
Elmore10001200
Limestone9822147
Cullman9481188
St. Clair9435234
Lauderdale9223227
DeKalb8748181
Talladega8071171
Walker7100275
Jackson6762110
Autauga6734103
Blount6497135
Colbert6210130
Coffee5404112
Dale4766110
Russell429038
Franklin419982
Chilton4087109
Covington4056114
Tallapoosa3898146
Escambia388574
Dallas3531149
Chambers3503122
Clarke346560
Marion3066100
Pike305876
Lawrence295395
Winston272572
Bibb256459
Marengo248661
Geneva245875
Pickens233059
Barbour225255
Hale218775
Butler212566
Fayette209260
Henry187744
Cherokee182144
Randolph176941
Monroe172040
Washington164238
Macon154848
Clay149555
Crenshaw149257
Cleburne146241
Lamar139334
Lowndes136553
Wilcox124327
Bullock121340
Conecuh109128
Perry107926
Sumter102932
Coosa99328
Greene91034
Choctaw58724
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