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Florida Prison Officials Go Out Of State To Recruit More Correctional Officers

Florida Department of Corrections

The Florida Department of Corrections went out of state in its continued effort to recruit more correctional officers Thursday.

So far, state prison officials have focused more of their recruitment events in the North Florida area. That includes Madison, Tallahassee, and Live Oak. Now, their latest job fair occurred at Southern Regional Technical College in Thomasville, Georgia. It’s all part of Florida Department of Corrections Secretary Julie Jones’ push to hire 4,000 correctional officers this year.

“Independent third parties that have assessed the Department, the OPPAGA study commissioned by the Senate, and the National Institute of Corrections that came in and looked at the Department have both validated that we know how to hire,” said Jones, about a month ago. “We’re good at it. The key now is to get community support to hire more and figure out how to retain these individuals.”

Department spokesman Alberto Moscoso says they have no plans to recruit correctional officers in other states. He adds it’s not their first time going to South Georgia, but it makes sense because it’s close to the North Florida area.

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