When they gave us internet access someone wisely chose to block 99.9% of the internet from our sensitive and irresponsible eyes and hands. Smart move.
But one of the things we are able to access is Wikipedia. And sometimes this has proved to be an invaluable tool for settling arguments or just satisfying our own curiosity.
I have gotten on there a few times of late looking up prisons and prison reform and things like that. One of the things I had never looked up to this point was corrections officers. It took me to a page titled "Prison Officers" which I though was strange.
Anyway, there was an article about working conditions that I though was right on the mark and I thought I would share it with you.
Working environmentA prison officer's job is often considered dangerous with inmate confrontations resulting in many injuries a year. A prison officer's working environment can vary considerably with some prison facilities being modern, well lit, air-conditioned, and ventilated while others such as San Quentin State Prison are old, overcrowded, and noisy. Prison officers often work on a rotating shift basis including weekends and holidays. Since many prison facilities have officer shortages, prison officers are often required to work additional shifts. Having to put in extra hours can result in fatigue, low morale, and family-related problems. Prison officers may also get burned out because their work is unpredictable, identity-threatening, tragic, incongruous, and stigmatized.
Because a prison, or similar detention facility is a controlled environment, inmates will often attempt to disrupt it. Various remedies for such disruptions, including physical and less-than-lethal force, isolation and less-lethal weaponry are often adopted depending on the type of correctional facility and its jurisdiction. Due to multiple disruptions and challenging work environments prison officers often face high levels of stress, burnout, health problems, high turnover rates, low life expectancy, and decreased quality of life. One US study gives prison officers a life expectancy of 59 years, compared to the US national average of 75 years.
The duties a prison officer carries out will often depend on the type of facility in which they work. For instance, a prison officer at a minimum security facility may be responsible for casually supervising inmates as they work or participate in treatment programs while at a maximum security institution a prison officer would have duties involving the regular use of restraints, weapon searches, and tactical response.
Prison officers are also expected to control their emotions, remain impersonal, and engage in activities that are often conflicting. For example, they are expected to respect and nurture, yet suspect and discipline inmates and have an us–them mentality.
I got a feeling that whoever wrote that wrote it from experience.
Whoever you were, Wikipedia writer..... Rock on.