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Psychological test added for potential SC prison workers

September 1, 2019

COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) — The South Carolina prison system is adding a psychological test to the drug screenings for new guards and other employees.

Department of Corrections Director Bryan Stirling says the tests were added to try to weed out bad matches for employment that have increased the turnover rate to nearly 30% annually.

Stirling told The Post and Courier of Charleston the test asks applicants what they would do in certain scenarios. The answers can weed out people who might be more tempted to bring in contraband or make a bad decision like mistreating an inmate while in a stressful situation.

The new test has been in place for about five months and officials say 12% of applicants have scored so low they aren’t considered for a job.

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Information from: The Post and Courier, http://www.postandcourier.com

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