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Correctional officers needed at Hays State Prison

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LAFAYETTE, GA (WRCB)  --  Hays State Prison is recruiting correctional officers amid a time of change for the facility.

A competitive salary, a benefits package and a 401-k matched by your employer would attract any deserving job candidate. There's just one thing, these jobs will be located at a state prison that has quickly earned a reputation for violence and death.  

"There's no fear," says candidate, Noah Burnette who's up to the task. "I'm 40, I figure I got 25 years left."

Since December, four inmates were killed and two guards were stabbed prompting the state to make drastic changes in early February, ousting former Warden Clay Tatum.

A couple weeks later cell phone video was posted on Youtube and shows inmates fighting inside the prison.

"A lot of people, when I told them that I was going to do this they said, 'you really want to go to Hays? You want to work in a jail?' It's a job like any other job," says Burnette.

"If you have an opportunity to work for a state agency with a state retirement and state benefits why wouldn't you take it," says applicant Michael Leamon.

Leamon worked as a correctional officer at Walker State Prison in Rock Springs for more than six years.

"You're part of a team from day one. That's what the department trains you to do. You come as a team, you leave as a team," explains Leamon.

He says the $26,754 starting salary for a job this risky is well worth it.

"When I came into the business it was $23,000. That was starting pay so $27,000 is what a seasoned officer would be making about three years after he'd been there," Leamon says.

Hays State Prison will also be at the 2013 Northwest Georgia Career Expo On March, 27 at the Walker County Civic Center from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.


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