- Strayer University - Bachelors of Science Degree in Criminal Justice
The Mississippi State Department of Corrections is recruiting both male and female correctional officers. Applicants who possess strong values and integrity, and who enjoy a challenging job with people are welcome to apply through the DOC to complete the provided new hire training and start their career in any of Mississippi's state or private prisons, or in the county jail system. At this time, there are 2,895 officers working directly with approximately 20,742 sentenced offenders in state-run facilities such as Mississippi State Penitentiary, and the South Mississippi Correctional Institution as well as in private facilities such as Marshall County Correctional Facility, Tallahatchie County Correctional Facility, and Walnut Grove Correctional Facility. Due to the changing nature of the corrections industry where emphasis is increasingly placed on inmate need and reducing re-offending behaviours, the industry is poised to grow by a steady 5% upward trend until 2022. In addition to the creation of approximately 145 new roles over this time, recruitment will be ongoing to replace officers who change careers, are promoted, or who retire. Read more about these challenging job opportunities below.