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What should be the minimum age requirement to become a corrections officer?

A Pennsylvania county jail is hiring 18-year-old high school graduates to bolster staffing and fill vacancies, something a Tennessee sheriff’s office did in 2021. Do you think teenagers are ready for the challenges and demands of working in corrections? Email your thoughts to

18 years of age

17 %

21 years of age

59 %

Older than 21

21 %

Not sure

3 %