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Corrections Dept. Hires 135 New Officers
Despite all the cutbacks in the Department of Corrections, the state has hired 135 new correctional officers. The 120 men and 15 women just completed a six-week training course.
These officers will replace some of the 206 employees who have left the job during the current fiscal year. But the number of guards leaving is down from the same point last year, when 343 had left.
As of last week, Illinois had a total of 6,669 prison guards.