Officers working for the Missouri Department of Corrections want a pay raise.
Steven Perkins is a former corrections officer.
He says the Show-Me-State is lagging far behind the rest of the nation.
Perkins says retention rate is also slipping for Missouri corrections officers.
And conversations Perkins has had with other prison officers always come back to the extreme hazards of the job.
To hear the full interview with Steven Perkins, click play below.