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Julie L. Jones, Secretary

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March 30, 2016
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IN CASE YOU MISSED IT(Video): WCTV: Florida Corrections Facility Seeking Help in Georgia

Published: March 29, 2016
By: Alicia Turner

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THOMASVILLE, Ga. -- For just about everyone, any amount of time in prison is far from ideal. But for some, life behind bars isn’t punishment; in fact, there's potential for lifelong careers.

For a prison that houses a thousand inmates, it takes almost half as many officers to keep the place fully staffed. Now Jefferson Correctional Institution in Florida, is crossing state lines, looking for help in Georgia.

“This is where you start getting a job. Going and putting in applications isn’t enough. Going to jobs and putting in applications at these work fairs, it will give you the opportunity for not one job; but several jobs in the area,” said Melvin Mitchell.

Melvin is one of dozens who made their way through the doors of the Georgia Department of Labor Office Tuesday for the Institution's career fair…

"I think that’s a good career for me at this time, right now. That’s what brought me in," Melvin explained.

Correctional officers are responsible for care, custody and control of inmates…

Making sure the facility is always fully staffed; keeping both fellow officers safe from inmates and inmates safe from each other. For more information on how to apply you can visit the


As Florida's largest state agency, the Department of Corrections employs 24,000 members statewide, incarcerates more than 98,000 inmates and supervises nearly 140,000 offenders in the community.

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