The corrections officers who have been employed for a few years, have their own way of doing things and expect the newbies to fall in-line. They will harass you if they see that you are trying to help out the inmates with issues such as medical needs, changes in cell-houses, or getting a kite to their case manager. It's as if the good ole' boys don't like change and that their badges give them the authority to manage other employees, as well as the inmates themselves.
Support from management
This depends on who you bring your concerns to.
The only teamwork you can expect is from other newbies and the supervisors who don't power trip over wearing a badge.
Freedom to work independently
If you show initiative and are able to introduce a new idea that will make the lives of the corrections officers safer, there is room for working independently. You will, however, need to have the capacity and confidence to make snap decisions when you are the only person guarding 80 or so inmates, by yourself.
There seems to be a break in the line of communication when trying to reach a supervisor at the top of the food chain such as one of the Majors. Be prepared to have your concerns put in the circular file.
If you are a female, you will be challenged, judged, and challenged again. Some of the male officers will make you feel as if you belong in a skirt, working in an office and not immesersed in the corrections culture.
Attitude towards older colleagues
There does seem to be a respect for older colleagues who have been corrections officers for years or those who come on board that are self-assured, speak with wisdom, and demonstrates grown-up behavior not seen in younger corrections officers.
You can move up in ranks if you show that you want to stay onboard long term and if youy pass the required exams.
Overall compensation for your work
Good wages for entery level and for those who lack a college degree.
Office / Work Environment
This varies from correctional facility to facility and it also depends where a correction officer is posted. For instance, housing veersus the food services.
The inmates can be much more down to earth and friendly than some of the corrections officers.
It's not so bad as long as you are on a set schedule, are not in a facility lockdown close to your clocking out, and are not on a hospital transport where there is no other corrections officer to relieve you of guard duty.
As long as you do your job and follow the ruklesyou'll have a job.
Safty of correctional staff and inmates is priority #1.
Each day is different and if you are involved in an altercation with an inmate, you'll not take your position as a guard for granted. The good thing is that the other officers will always jump in to save your life - always!
Inclusive / Diverse
The diversity of corrections officers runs rthe entore spectrum of nationalities, sexual preferences, and genders.
Suggestions for improvement
- Have the newbies shadow several experienced correctional officers so that they can experience the different posts and to learn the ropes that were not taught at the academy. If a corrections officer is asked to testify against an inmate, especilly an inmate from the STG, tranfe the inmate to amnother facility to keep that offivcer out of harms way.
What I like about the company
The immediate supervisors who aren't on poer trips.
What I dislike about the company
The fact that many longterm corrections officers turn a blind eye to inmate abuse by other inmates and other corrections officers.