Great career with benefits! Extremely dangerous at times
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Springville, AL – February 29, 2016
On a typical day you should work 12 hours, however, due to staffing issues you are there for 16 hours. It is hard to put into words how many things you learn from this job, because it is something new every day. The most important thing that I learned from this job is management skills! Being able to convey directions to an individual with a criminal past without causing tension is a major part of this job. The management at this job is average, as with most jobs. You will have some supervisors that are outstanding and some that do not need to be in a position of power. The hardest part of this job is the fear of not knowing if you will be going home the next day. When the need arises you have to be willing to do whatever is necessary to quell a situation. The most enjoyable part of the job is being able to see former offenders make a positive change in their lives and become a functioning member of society. I have personally had 3 former inmates see me in public and say that my attitude and actions towards them made them really think about the path that they were on and decide to change it for the better.
stressful at times, I learned a lot about different personalities of individuals, case notes met with law enforcemnet and judges at times
Classification Specialist (Former Employee) – Al corrections systems – January 18, 2016
Meeting and learning about an individual, the crime, notes, helping to decide if they should be eligible for parole. It was interesting but at times stressful. You had another persons future in your hands.
My personal experience was extremely negative. It is difficult to voice your opinion without being threatened. If you're a minute late you've committed a crime for them. No trust. They treat staff as though they are inmates.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Harvest, AL – October 9, 2015
Working in a correctional facility you learn to make sound decisions in stressful situations. Officers work together to ensure one another's safety. I have learned to communicate with individuals from all walks of life. You have to be able to meet people where you are to help them and understand diversity. The hardest part about being an officer is to always be alert and the inability to trust the inmates. The most enjoyable part of being a correctional officer is you have the ability to reach many individuals in which families and society has forgot about.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Bessemer, AL – September 30, 2015
ITS GREAT, benefits. But the overall culture is stressful. Countless hours of overtime will be forced on you. There are so many corrupt coworkers you have to be aware of. Depending on the prison you select, it can very dangerous.
Correctional Officer (Current Employee) – Atmore, AL – July 29, 2015
Department of correction needs a lot of improvement. You never know what you are coming into. You learn how to deal with a lot of different personalities which I think is great for dealing with people in the free world. Hardest part of the job is dealing with fights and fights with a weapon. The best part of the job is working with my co-workers getting to know them and having joyful coversations.
Correctional Officer I (Current Employee) – Elmore, AL – June 26, 2015
Being apart of the Alabama Department of Corrections something interesting happens everyday with the department. Coming in the department you have your ups and downs just like any other job but this place has a lot of growing to do with the administration staff and also with the fellow officers.
some of the officers that you work with are great
lacking leadershing and control with in the prison.
I love working with the Alabama Department of Corrections
Correctional Supervisor (Current Employee) – Montgomery, AL – June 5, 2015
Alabama Department of Corrections is a 'Great" place to begin a career. Great benefits and an opportunity to climb the ladder of success. Monitoring Inmates on a daily basis and insuring that they keep in compliance with the Rules and Regulations.
Corrections Officer (Current Employee) – Union Springs, AL – March 22, 2015
I work in the Mental Health Department where there are sometime a lot issues you have to maintain concerning inmates who have been incarcerated for a long time. There are sometimes fights that have to be kept under control. The management is done mostly and controlled on daytime schedule. My co-workers are excellent to work with we watch each others back. The hardest thing is administering shower/shave/haircuts. I enjoy making coffee for my shift and having every other weekend off.
Executive Assistant to the Commissioner (Former Employee) – Montgomery, AL – January 18, 2015
As the confidential Executive Assistant, I worked directly for the Commissioner of the Alabama Department of Corrections, fielding phone calls, drafting, composing and responding to correspondences as required. Field phone calls from a variety of entities, Governor's Office Staff, other Corrections' Commissioners and Directors, internal and external law enforcement agencies. Responsible for planning and organizing the Department's Annual Picnic and Christmas Luncheon for approximately 400 ADOC employees. Supervised civilian Front Desk Receptionist and assigned Inmate Runners. Ordered and maintained supplies for the Commissioner's Staff, drafted various certificates and letters of appreciation, commendation, as applicable. Responsible for accounts payable/receivables involving Commissioner's Staff. Arranged travel and lodging for Commissioner's out of state business affaires. Responsible for ensuring employees, as well as those with CDL licenses completed monthly and quarterly random drug screening.
corresponding with various other departments of corrections.
Correctional Officer / Correctional Sergeant (Former Employee) – Capshaw, AL – July 21, 2014
I worked in the correctional field for 20 years. The job was demanding with little time off. Often it can be dangerous and stressful. I met some good people and their friendship will be with me forever.
dangerous stressful with little time off. demanding with little room for errors
Unsafe and unsanitary place to work with horrible supervision.
Correctional Officer (Former Employee) – Union Springs, AL – July 11, 2014
Overall the Correctional Facility would be halfway workable if it was ran differently. It seems if you know the rules and regulations better than your superiors they pick on you. With that said, you dont have to be a genius to know more than them, most seem slow and with a little bit of research, half of them were in special education growing up. I dont have anything against special needs ppl but its strange to me that anybody would put them in a leadership position in a prison being you have to think on the fly. That speaks to their superiors(all the way up to the wardens). Along with all the different diseases and the way this particular prison is not being cleaned (ex. they buy less than a 3rd of the clorox needed and fill the rest up with water just to save money that the state gives them to buy cleaning supplies, i've seen it multiple times with my own eyes) i wouldn't recommend working here.