Guam - The Department of Corrections is currently training close to two dozen new hires that will soon be full-fledged corrections officers.  "We are operating at this point in time at 60% strengthwise and we are in dire need of corrections officers fro the safety and security of the prisoners, as  well as the community we really do need to be up to par with that issue because we haven't for several years," said Director J.B. Palacios.

DepCor is hoping to graduate the 23 new hires on August 6 to coincide with their celebration of national corrections week. This marks the largest group of hires in department history.