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Friday, June 25, 2010 - 11:49am

Prison To Hire 200

A private prison in Southeast Georgia's Charlton County is gearing up for an expansion that will create more than 200 jobs.

The privately operated Ray James prison plans to transfer its 1,800 state inmates to other Georgia penitentiaries this fall to make way for as many as 2,500 federal prisoners.

The prison will need a wide range of new staff members.

The Georgia Department of Labor is joining with Houston-based Cornell Companies, the prison's operator, to fill these positions.

One recruitment event has already been held.

Labor Commissioner Michael Thurmond says, he expects a high number of job-seekers will attend two more job fairs for the prison in the coming weeks.

"Obviously, we appreciate the 200 jobs at the prison in Folkston, but we need to do more to help private employers generate employment opportunities as well," Thurmond says.

The coming job fairs will be held on June 30 and July 9 from 8:30 to 5:30 at the College of Coastal Georgia in Kingsland.

The Georgia Department of Labor also will offer free resume and interview assistance to prospective employees until the positions are filled.

Interested applicants for Folkston prison do not need to be Georgia residents or have prior experience for several of the positions, but must submit to a mandatory background check prior to starting work.

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