By Tyler Kendall
High rates of violence, along with inadequate pay, are just a few of the factors driving correctional officers away from working inside prisons. As states grapple with how to retain those willing to enter the profession, one official thinks he’s found a way to make working behind bars more attractive. John Wetzel, the head of Pennsylvania’s Department of Corrections, calls the system of 25 facilities he oversees an outlier. Wetzel considers himself “pretty fortunate” that his prisons are some of the few in the country that aren’t considered understaffed.