Helping all of our nations’ vets find work after leaving the service has proved to be challenging for some states.
The governor of Oklahoma has recently taken steps to try and open up more jobs to our nations’ heroes with the Partnership for Youth Success Program—which the state’s DOC is now officially a part of.
The governor has signed an agreement to guarantee soldiers interviews with the DOC after they leave the Army.
“All of those things that make a good soldier is exactly what the director and his team are looking for in the correctional community,” said Michael Thompson, the Dept of Public Safety Commissioner.
Many critics have complained that Oklahoma’s prisons are dangerous, mainly because the facilities are understaffed. DOC officials say it’s difficult to recruit correctional and probationary officers because of the “low pay and nature of the job.”
In an interview with KOCO, the director of Oklahoma’s Dept. of Corrections said: “We’ve had to allow critical positions to go unfilled in our facilities. That always sets one up for the downside.”
State officials are hoping that with this recent move – they’ll be able to fill those vacancies and make their prisons safer.
Close to 50 private sector businesses already use the Partnership for Youth Success program, but the DOC is the first state agency to participate, according to the local ABC affiliate.
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