MANY VACANCIES AT DCR IN WEST VIRGINIA

The number of vacancies at the State Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation in West Virginia is approaching 900.  The lack of correction officers is especially high in the Eastern Regional Jail, which is running with less than half staffing levels.  One of the main reasons could be the starting pay for a correction officer is 30-thousand dollars a year, which is less than 15-dollars an hour.