2 understaffed ArkLaTex jails seek to fill dozens of positions

2 understaffed ArkLaTex jails seek to fill dozens of positions

TEXARKANA, TX (KSLA) - Two East Texas jails are looking for a few good men and women to provide safety to inmates and the public.

Officials say they need to fill dozens of positions to sufficiently take care of the jail population at the Bowie County Correctional Center and the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana.

Bob Paige, Warden of the Bowie County Correctional Center, says more than 800 inmates are housed between the two jails.

The two facilities are operated by a private company, Lasalle Corrections.

Officials say they are in need of 22 correctional officers, along with help in food service and human relations departments.

"We are looking for people who want to work in the correction field, correction is not for everyone," says Paige. "We need those staff members in place as soon as we can get them to come in," says Paige.

It takes a total of 190 employees to run the two facilities.But he said even with the shortage of officers, the operation of the facilities are not being compromised nor is public safety at risk.

"We are able to maintain by using overtime and part time positions," explained Paige.

According to Paige, it takes up to 5 days to bring a new employee on board.

"They have to pass a physical, a drug test, a psychological test. We do a background test on them," said Paige.

Those wishing to apply for the job can do so in person at both the Bowie County Correctional Center and the Bi-State Justice Center in Texarkana.

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