More than a third of new hires in 2017 left before the year was up. The culture is the problem, former guards say. More than a third of new hires in 2017 left before the year was up. The culture is the problem, former officers say. Thirty-eight percent of the correctional officers hired by the Arkansas Department of Correction in 2017 have left the department. Whether the 313 guards quit or were fired is unknown; the ADC does not differentiate the reason for dismissal in aggregated data. The department hired a total of 819 new officers in 2017. The high turnover rate for new guards continued, despite a July pay raise that was aimed at shoring up vacancies. The pay...
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ADC can't retain guards