Fantastic benefits. Great starting pay. Doing something that actually matters.

Sounds like you need an expensive degree or your Dad as the boss, right? In so many cases, that is correct, however, there are real opportunities for many other folks at the Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDJC).

The TDJC is having a hiring fair tomorrow (Tuesday, July 9th) in Lamesa, Texas. Here are the hours and address:

  • Smith Unit Mega Hiring Event
    900 S Houston Ave
    Lamesa, Texas
    9:00 a.m. – 05:00 p.m.

Note: 900 S Houston is not the location of a prison. It's the Forrest Park Community Center. Bring your ID and social and be ready to be interviewed.

Here are some of the benefits of becoming a corrections officer:

  • Vacation Leave
  • Sick Leave & Paid Holidays
  • Retirement Plan
  • Group Life and Health Insurance
  • Dental Insurance
  • Free Meals While on Duty
  • Uniforms and Equipment are Furnished
  • Laundry of Uniforms is Furnished at No Cost

Unlike many jobs which have arbitrary rates of pay determined by whether your boss likes you or not, a Correction Officer's pay follows a schedule based on length of service. You can view it here; everyone starts at over $21/hr!

Also note: if you are a veteran who served for at least two years and was honorably discharged and/or if you have earned an associate's or bachelor's degree, you start as a level IV officer, which is $23-$25/ hr depending on the prison type.


You must be 18 or older with a high school diploma or a GED. You cannot have been dishonorably discharged from the military or have had a felony. You cannot be a CO if you have been convicted of domestic violence. You cannot be on probation or have a warrant. You must be able to pass a drug test and a physical agility test. There are a few more requirements, you can see them here.

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