WASHINGTON -- The explosion in the number of state and local employees hired to staff prisons will continue for the next few years, according to a new study from the Center for the Study of the States in Albany.

During the 1980s, growth in corrections jobs far outpaced that of any other category of nonfederal public employee, the study says. The number of state prison workers grew 115% from 1980 to 1990, while local prison workers' numbers grew 98%.

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