The backbone of corrections is its workforce. The corrections sector relies on qualified, trained and dedicated staff for effective, professional operations. But today, correctional administrators, particularly those running prisons and jails, are grappling with severe workforce challenges that directly impact mission performance. Those challenges include staff recruitment, selection and retention, training and agency succession planning.
The most valuable resource to any organization is its people. Corrections agencies across the country face a staffing crisis, not only in sheer numbers of appropriate staffing but also in the diversity and wellness of their staff. It is essential that resources are committed to corrections’ historically underinvested and most valuable resource, human capital.