- Associated Press - Monday, January 13, 2014

PEARL, Miss. (AP) - The Central Mississippi Correctional Facility in Rankin County is adding more correctional officers.

The Mississippi Department of Corrections says in a news release a class of 52 officers graduated Monday at the prison. The class is comprised of 38 women and 14 men.

The starting salary for correctional officers is $22,005. Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps says he hopes to increase the starting salary.

To become a correctional officer, candidates must be 18 years of age, have a valid driver’s license, have completed high school or an accredited GED program, and have no felony or domestic violence conviction.

CMCF and the other two state prisons, Mississippi State Penitentiary at Parchman and South Mississippi Correctional Institution in Greene County, each holds three weeks of basic training classes every month, based on need.

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