According to NRS 212.1895, a correctional officer at a private institution or facility in Nevada are the same as those of a correctional officer in a state or local institution or facility:
A correctional officer only needs a high school diploma or its equivalent, but he must also have a few other things including a valid driver’s license and two years of “full-time” work experience or a combination of experience and education. They must also undergo a State of Nevada/ FBI Background Check, a drug screening, medical and psychological examination, P.O.S.T. physical fitness test, and a Correctional Officer Structured Interview. Also, they must be 21-years-old when they apply.
P.O.S.T. stands for Peace Officer’s Standards and Training. To complete a P.O.S.T., you must meet the following physical requirements:
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The following are reasons why someone who applies to become a correctional officer could be denied employment:
A private correctional facility or institution must follow the same rules and regulations as the state and local ones do. There is, however, one extra. They must reimburse the State for any expenses caused them in the pursuit of an escapee from the private facility or institution.
In 2016, the most recent year for which we have statistical data available through the Bureau of Justice Statistics, there were 6,613,500 prisoners total in the United States. Only 87,824 of them were housed in private facilities or institutions. That same year, there were 13,812 offenders in the Nevada State prison and 120 in the private institutions in Nevada. This did not include the tally on the private facilities or the county or city jails. This gives us the basic idea, though, that only a small percentage of the total correctional population is housed in private facilities and institutions. This small percentage of prisoners leads to a small number of staff and a need for help in times of overload.
When a prisoner escapes from a private facility or institution in Nevada, it takes the camaraderie of the whole State to apprehend him. As such, the State ends up spending its own funds in the process. These State funds must be replenished, and the private facility or institution is the one that must do that.
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State and local agencies have the right to offer a $5,000 reward for the capture, of or information leading to the capture of, any prisoner charged with murder or any other crime that carries the death penalty. This is another fee that the facility or institution would be repaying.
Most “escapes” among Department of Correction ran and privately-owned institutions and facilities around the United States are AWOLs. “AWOL” is the acronym for “Absent without Leave” and is used to describe a prisoner who has walked off the job site or prison housing without permission. These prisoners do not present as big of a threat to society. However, they still have to be apprehended.
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