Corrections officers oversee individuals who have been arrested and are awaiting trial or have been sentenced to time in jail or prison. They work to maintain order within jails or prisons, supervise activities of inmates, report on inmate conduct, help in rehabilitation or counseling of offenders.

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Corrections Academy

Jackson College Offers the following program options:

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To become a corrections officer for the State of Michigan: Applicants need to complete a minimum of 15 college credits in a prescribed selection of courses, including correctional administration, criminal justice, criminology, psychology, sociology, social work, counseling and guidance, law enforcement and more. Further study and completion of a certificate or associate degree will enhance job opportunities. To become a corrections officer in a jail setting: Applicants must complete a test at

Job Opportunities

Youth Specialist – Provides direct care, supervision to residents of the Juvenile Home (Youth Home). Assists in providing a safe, secure environment and implementing treatment programs.


Salaries start about $36,700 annually in Michigan, with regular increases given for years of service according to the state’s scale.

Career Outlook

Careers in corrections are expected to grow 5 percent in coming years. Because the Michigan Department of Corrections is so large, it is always hiring due to attrition and turnover of people retiring, leaving the field, etc.