Why California prison academy is better than Harvard


In The Wall Street Journal, OpinionJournal.com assistant editor Alyssia Finley writes about how prison guards make even more money, vacation and benefits than your average Harvard grad.

And considering it’s admissions time, here’s the kicker:

The application process may seem like a piece of cake compared to Harvard’s, but the correctional officer academy is actually more selective than Harvard. Over 120,000 people apply every year, according to the state Legislative Analyst’s Office, but the academy only enrolls about 900. That’s an acceptance rate of less than 1%. Harvard’s is 6.2%. The job also has a better retention rate than Harvard. Only 1.7% dropped out of the service last year, compared to 2% who left Harvard.