- I'm just writing to say that I work for the department of
corrections. The unit I work for is one of the best in the system and
I can tell you this. The dark picture of prison life that you see in
the movies is no longer (at least at my unit, I don't really know
about the others)
The corrections officers recieve intenstive training in race
relations, personal conduct and managment. Those who cross the line
get escorted to the front gates, their ID is taken away from them and
they are sent to the unemployment line. If the case is serious
enought, they exchange their blues for inmate whites.
The unit is split. Those inmates that are passive or that might be
preyed upon by others are housed in a different section of the unit
and contact with the more aggressive inmates is restricted.
The food is outstanding as far as instutional food goes. Most of the
employees infact eat the same food as the inmates.
They do have a system where inmates recieve privages for behaving.
These include better work, increased visitation, increased freedom of
movement on the grounds and in the case of the highest classification
1B, they even are allowed to go home for 1 week out of the year
(monitored of course)
The state work that they do is regulated. If its too hot or cold,
they don't work. If they do work, they work in teams with one on rest
and the other working. Those of lower classifications work at
lawnmowing, raising food for the unit, etc. Some of those in the
upper levels are sent around the area to work for the local
goverment. These are highly sought for work assignments because of
being able to travel off the farm and being feed by the county,
(usually cheeseburgers & fries).
I will tell you what the system needs though, and that is more
correction officers. Not to keep the inmates behind bars, but to
ensure that the protection of the inmates is maintained.