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Oregon Struggles To Staff Prisons As Retirements Baloon


The Oregon State Hosptial North Campus houses office space for the Oregon Department of Corrections.

The Oregon State Hosptial North Campus houses office space for the Oregon Department of Corrections.

Kobbi R. Blair/Statesman Journal

With a staff of 4,700, the Oregon Department of Corrections is struggling to attract new employees as almost one-fifth of its workforce becomes retirement eligible in 2018. 

Officials with the state’s second-largest agency said part of the blame rests on the region’s flourishing economy. 

The employee market is similar to the stock market — it goes up, it goes down, said Steve Cox, workforce planning administrator with the corrections department. 

When the economy is bad, people tend to flock toward jobs in law enforcement and corrections. 

Read the whole story at the Statesman Journal.

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