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80 layoffs in Florida prison system



As many as 80 probation officers in the state Department of Corrections, all recent graduates of a training academy, stand to lose their jobs as a result of budget cuts ordered by the Legislature. The 80 jobs are spread around the state with 20 of them in a region stretching from Pasco to Collier counties.

Affected workers have two options: They can be laid off or accept jobs as prison guards, which pay less money and may be farther from their homes in a time of $4-a-gallon gasoline. (Starting pay for a correctional officer is $30,807). Read the "your position has been deleted" memo sent to affected employees here.

[Last modified: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 10:24am]


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