Magazine article American Jails

Discover Corrections Today!

Magazine article American Jails

Discover Corrections Today!

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Jails in America today are faced with the challenge of recruiting and retaining qualified individuals. Among these issues are how people seek and keep employment; the salary and benefit differentials between corrections and traditional local law enforcement; the negative image of corrections as portrayed in the popular media; competition to hire public service workers from the military, law enforcement, and homeland security; and the demanding nature of working in corrections. In addition, the selection, recruitment, and retention of corrections personnel are further influenced by the decreasing number of qualified applicants to fill an increasing number of positions vacated by current leaders as they retire.

To address these and other workforce development issues in corrections, the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) funded a competitive award for the Council of State Governments/ American Probation and Parole Association (CSG/ APPA) to develop and implement the DiscoverCorrections. com website. Because of the wide-ranging nature of the corrections field, the planning, development, and implementation of the website was a collaborative effort overseen by a core project team of corrections stakeholders including APPA, the American Correctional Association, American Jail Association, and the Center for Innovative Public Policies. After two years in development, we are pleased to announce that the site is fully accessible at DiscoverCorrections.com .

A key feature of the website is its job board. Once registered, jails and other agencies can share their information and location to pique the interest of job seekers and post job openings, search resumes, and receive resume alerts of job seekers who meet specified criteria. For job seekers, individuals who register on the site can review job listings, save searches, post resumes, receive job alerts by e-mail, and apply to jobs. …

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