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"There's other job opportunities opening up in rural Texas." Data from the Texas State Auditor's Office show a marked increase over the previous year, when 22.8 percent of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice's roughly 26,000 officers left for other jobs.
"From 2012 to 2014, [turnover] was becoming pretty acute and especially where fracking was kind of big," said Scott Henson, policy director with the nonprofit Just Liberty.
Then, "it was more than just a vague correlation." Five years ago, the Mc Connell and Connally units both in counties that lie partially on the Eagle Ford Shale had just over 40 percent vacancy, according to Business & Finance Division data.
Continue Reading Article Oil, gas jobs lure officers to more lucrative work By Keri Blakinger November 15, 2017 Texas prisons are shedding officers with a staggering 28 percent turnover rate in the last fiscal year, a "mass exodus" that some experts say stems from a strengthening economy and recovering oil and gas sector.
"A lot of these guys don't want to work in a prison," said Lance Lowry, a spokesman for the Huntsville-based Texas Correctional Employees union.
"When the economy is doing well and growing is typically when we see correctional officers leave for better paying jobs," said TDCJ spokesman Jason Clark.
"The more rural areas tend to be more challenging, particularly in South Texas when we've seen an uptick in oil and gas jobs being offered." But in 2017, with the oil and gas boom largely in the rearview mirror, that doesn't explain the whole picture.
"Some are located in communities that don't even have housing available for the corrections officers." County-by-county numbers show that staffing challenges can be highly localized and specific, as in the Texas Panhandle.
Hartley and Dallam counties are not in an area particularly known for oil and gas, but a cheese factory in Dalhart has typically pulled away would-be prison workers, Henson said.
Lured by better wages For officers on the job, high turnover can raise safety concerns when many of the employees are new.
"When you lose 20-some percent of your employees every year, it's hard," Lowry said.
"I believe in most instances we put the prisons in all the wrong places," said Sen.Tags: Adult Dating, affair dating, sex dating