State looking to hire correctional officers for prisons

The Kentucky Department of Corrections is currently hiring correctional officers to help fill 1,038 full- and part-time positions available at 13 state prisons across the commonwealth.

To help attract and retain officers, an extra $2.13 an hour has been approved for all employees working between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. at state prisons. An extra $2 an hour has been added to locality premium for employees in designated security positions. These changes bring the starting hourly wage to $20 an hour for a correctional officer working between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.

There is a five-week basic academy for all individuals hired to be a correctional officer.

For more about a career with DOC, visit the Kentucky Personnel’s Cabinet website:

As of Jan. 31, there were 9,690 individuals incarcerated in the custody of the state.