8 pieces of advice for new correctional officers

Being new in the correctional environment is overwhelming to say the least, but if you remember just a few things, you can shine above the rest


Being a corrections officer isn’t pretty and it never will be. You are asked to walk into some of the roughest places in the country and lay your life on the line for meager pay and a very rare thank-you. Being new in this environment is overwhelming to say the least, but if you remember just a few things, you can shine above the rest. You will be safer and more respected by staff and inmates alike.

1. Show Integrity Daily

I cannot stress this enough to new employees. Protect your integrity at all costs because once it’s lost, you will never get back. Never make a promise you cannot keep as prisons have long memories. I can assure you that the inmate you just blew off will be living in your next unit over the next 20 years. And that staff member you just told the “white lie” to will be your supervisor in a few years.

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