Alabama Department of Corrections
  • Bessemer, AL, USA
  • Full Time

Salary Information

$37,612.80 - $59,865.60 Annually

$18.08 - $28.78 Hourly

PLUS earn up to 16% in salary increases during the first 12 months of employment!

*Starting salary upon initial appointment to the merit system may be based on various factors (e.g., education, experience).

General Overview

Entry-level correctional security work within assigned prison facilities in general population areas and/or specialized housing units. Employees learn to monitor inmate behavior, perform counts, conduct inspections of quarters, conduct scheduled and unscheduled searches. Employees in this class do not perform any duties requiring law enforcement training and certification (e.g., assignments requiring firearms certification). Work is performed under close supervision from a higher-level Correctional Security Guard, Senior or APOSTC Certified Correctional Officer assigned to a higher classification following established standards and guidelines. The goal is to identify candidates who are suitable to become APOSTC Certified Correctional Officer Trainees.

Responsibilities of a Correctional Officer (Any one position may not include all the duties listed, nor do the examples cover all the duties which may be performed.)

  • Assists with standing watch in halls, dorms, cellblocks, yards, dining facilities and places inmates are located within the general population of prison facilities, provides clear instructions to inmates.
  • Learns to supervise inmates in housing areas in general population on work details in kitchens, shops, laundries, and recreation areas, assigns work and explains rules, procedures and services.
  • Assists with counting inmates in general population to include participating in lockdown procedures.
  • Assists with inspecting quarters for safety and sanitary conditions and for presence of contraband; searches inmates for contraband.
  • Learns to conduct scheduled, and unscheduled inmate counts and visitors for unauthorized and illegal items and contraband during general population visitation.
  • Learns to complete reports and keeps records of inmate work progress, behavior, infractions of rules of conduct and unusual occurrences in the general population.
  • Communicates with supervisors and provides and receives information regarding inmates under their supervision; assists with educational and vocational opportunities.

Minimum Qualifications

  • High school diploma or general education degree (GED) certificate
  • 18 years of age or older

Special Requirements

  • Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen at the time of appointment.
  • Applicants must possess a valid driver license from their State of residency.
  • Applicants may be required to participate in a Pre-Employment Physical Assessment (specific details of assessment can be accessed on the ADOC website).
  • Applicants must successfully complete a background investigation which includes a fingerprint-based criminal history background check and drug screening. Applicants with a felony and/or domestic violence conviction is not eligible for employment.
  • Applicants are subject to assignment anywhere within the State.



  • Defined Benefit Retirement Plan (employer/employee based)
  • Optional Deferred Compensation Programs

Low Cost Health Insurance

  • Blue Cross/Blue Shield Health (Single/Family Coverage)
  • Optional Dental (Single/Family Coverage)
  • Optional Health and Supplemental Insurance Coverage
  • Optional Cancer Policy
  • Discounted Vision Care Program
  • Flexible Benefits Program (pre-tax dollars for qualified Medical Expense and Dependent Care)

Paid Time Off

  • 12 Holidays per year
  • 1 Personal leave day per year or Mardi Gras Holiday (Baldwin and Mobile counties only)
  • 13 Sick days per year (accrued time off)
  • 13 to 29 Annual leave days per year (accrued time off)
  • 168 Hours of military leave per year
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