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Recession Proof Job: Correction Officer

Michelle Lyons, Director of Public Information for the TDCJ Michelle Lyons, Director of Public Information for the TDCJ

Over the past year and a half, the Texas Department of Criminal Justice has seen staffing levels go from critical to adequate.

At one point, the TDCJ was short some 33 hundred correctional officers.

We are told that didn't affect the unit's safety, but it did cut down on the recreation opportunities for inmates.

Well in just a few months, two thousand correctional officers have been hired.

Last April we brought you a report about signing bonuses that were helping the Clements Unit recruit more officers.

But the TDCJ says they probably received some help from somewhere else.

"The recession, yes that has had a positive impact because one place that doesn't feel the pinch is the prison system because there still is a need for correction officers," said Michelle Lyons, the Director of Public Information for the TDCJ.

Lyons says this is the best staffing the department has seen in a decade.

We spoke with the warden at the Neal Unit who says his staff is at 95 percent.

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