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Hawaii Corrections Officer Job Description

The Federal Bureau of Prisons operates a Federal Detention Center in Honolulu.   This facility houses male and female inmates who are awaiting trial, deportation, or transfer to another correctional facility.  In 2013, FDC held a population of 638.

Hawaii’s Department of Corrections continues to work to fill the more than 300 vacancies that have resulted due to increased demand. In FY2012, 118 new adult corrections officers were hired; in FY2011 there were 132 new hires; and in FY2010, there were 96 new hires. The felon population in Hawaii, as of June 2011, was 2,879.

Detention Facilities in Hawaii

Corrections in Hawaii are part of the Department of Public Safety, Corrections Division, which oversees all jails and prisons, including:

Mainland and Federal Detention Center (FDC)

  • Red Rock Correctional Center
  • Saguaro Correctional Center

Prisons

  • Women’s Community Correctional Center
  • Waiawa Correctional Facility
  • Halawa Correctional Facility

Jails

  • Oahu Community Correctional Center
  • Maui Community Correctional Center
  • Kauai Community Correctional Center
  • Hawaii Community Correctional Center

How to Pursue Corrections Officer Jobs in Hawaii

Federal Bureau of Prisons

The minimum requirements to become a federal correctional officer at the GS-5 level are

  • Be a U.S. citizen
  • Be between 20 and 37 years of age
  • Have no felony or misdemeanor convictions
  • Have no history of serious financial delinquency
  • Have a bachelor’s degree; or
  • Have at least three years of experience in
    • Teaching
    • Counseling
    • Sales
    • Security
    • Management
    • Religious instruction

Applicants with one or more of the following qualifications may join the BOP at the GS-6 pay grade:

  • Nine semester hours of graduate study in
    • Social science
    • Criminology
    • Law
  • One year of experience in
    • Law enforcement
    • Corrections
    • Mental health treatment

The salary range for GS-5 employees is between $31,315 and $40,706, while the salary range for GS-6 employees is between $34,907 and $45,376.Applicants may find correctional job openings at www.USAJobs.gov and submit applications online.

New federal correctional officers must complete training through the Federal Bureau of Prisons.  The initial phase of training is conducted at the federal facility an officer is assigned. This 80 hour orientation is followed by a three week, 120 hour training program held at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Academy in Glynco, GA.  During this program, new hires will learn about firearms, self-defense, and correctional policies and procedures.

Hawaii’s Department of Corrections

According to the Department of Corrections, individuals interested in pursuing correctional officer jobs in Hawaii must have good, moral character; they must have strong, interpersonal skills; they must be able to interact with a diverse group of people; and they must be able to effectively communicate, both orally and in written form.

All candidates for corrections officer jobs in Hawaii must:

  • Be a United States citizen
  • Possess a high school diploma or GED
  • Possess a valid driver’s license

Further, all candidates must undergo a drug screening and a thorough background investigation as part of the pre-employment process.

The Department only accepts applications when an open position is listed on Hawaii’s Civil Service Career Opportunities website. Individuals may apply for correctional officer jobs in Hawaii using this website, as well.

Upon being hired as a correctional officer in Hawaii, learning how to become a correctional officer through training involves completing 384 hours of training, which involves a strict program developed by the Training and Staff Development (TSD) Office. The TSD is responsible for planning, implementing, coordinating, and developing all programs related to pre-service and in-service training for both uniformed and civilian personnel within the Department of Corrections.


About Hawaii’s Correctional Facilities

Individuals seeking correctional officer jobs in Hawaii should know that the Institutions Division of the Department of Corrections includes all jails and prison, as well as the Mainland and Federal Detention Center (FDC) Branch.

There are jails located on each major island, and the jails consist of both male and female inmates.

The Hawaii prison system includes:

  • Hawaii Community Correctional Center (HCCC) – Serves pretrial, sentenced jail and sentenced furlough inmates
  • Kauai Community Correctional Center (KCCC) – The only correctional facility on the Island of Kauai; average daily headcount of 180
  • Maui Community Correctional Center (MCCC) – The only correctional facility serving Maui County (including the Islands of Molokai and Lanai); average daily headcount of 365
  • Oahu Community Correctional Center (OCCC) – Largest jail in the State of Hawaii; houses dual populations of pretrial detainees and sentenced mail offenders; accommodated 1,271 inmates in FY2012
  • Halawa Correctional Facility (HCF) – Comprised of two facilities: Special Needs Facility and the Medium Security Facility; average daily population of 1,023 in FY2012
  • Waiawa Correctional Facility (WCF) – Minimum security facility capable of housing 334 adult male sentenced felons
  • Women’s Community Correctional Center (WCCC) – Only all-female facility in Hawaii; facility consists of four structures

Mainland and Federal Detention Center (FDC) Branch – Oversees and monitors State contracts with private, mainland prisons:

  • Red Rock Correctional Center (Eloy, Arizona) – Housed 51 Hawaii male inmates as of FY2012
  • Saguaro Correctional Center (Eloy, Arizona) – Housed 1,626 Hawaii male inmates as of June 2012; serves as a program-intensive facility for general population inmates

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