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great career
Correctional Officer II (Former Employee), Douglas, AZApril 8, 2014
Great career to retire from. Excellent stepping stone for other careers.
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A highly stressful invironement
Correctional Officer II (Current Employee), Winslow, AZMarch 31, 2014
Pros: job security, benifits
Cons: no breaks, staff shortage.
Working in any prison is a highly stressful invironment. Dealing with inmate needs , and most importantly with security. Atypical day at work, You get the inmates up for breakfast, some you have to get up earlier for work. You search for any contraband. I.E. drugs, tattoo material, Anything that does not belong to them. cleanness of the cell/work area. – more... Insuring all tools and equipment are accounted for. And most important safety – less
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Correctional Officer II/Firearms Instructor (Current Employee), Goodyear,AZMarch 19, 2014
Correctional Officer II
Firearms Instructor
Field Training Officer
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Work was constant without many breaks and always short staffed.
Finance Director- Business Administrator (Former Employee), Tucson, AZMarch 17, 2014
Pros: job sescurity
Cons: high stress and always short staffed
Review and approve all data entry for paying bills, purchasing, warehousing, and inmate banking.

Learned to work in a fast paced environment and multi-taking was high.

Management constantly changed for the position, a new supervisor every 3 years. It was like re-training someone every 3 years.

Training department staff and management on financial – more... matters and use of available funds.

Enjoyed working with finance, purchasing, warehouse and banking staff. – less
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job security
Correctional Officer/Trainer (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZMarch 16, 2014
secure h=job, managing inmates, protecting the public and keeping the criminals away
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Unit Accountability Officer (Barchey Unit)
Unit Accountability Officer (Former Employee), Buckeye, AZMarch 16, 2014
Pros: never a dull day.
Responsible for ensuring all intra-institutional inmate movement is approved and there custody level placement correlates with their
custody and internal risk factors.

Working as a correctional officer I was faced with difficult situations, servicing inmates with a broad range of clinical, behavioral and criminal problems. I have learned how to be – more... resourceful when working with unmanageable inmates. I enjoyed working with and for all my fellow officers and supervisor, very tight unit as family should be making sure we all get home safe at the end of day. – less
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Diverse work place
COII, Sgt, COIII (Former Employee), ArizonaMarch 7, 2014
The job can be mentally demanding most of all. Although surrounded by negativity I enjoyed my career.
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productive and loved the experience
Corrections Officer II (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZMarch 7, 2014
Pros: every day is a different experience
Cons: u have to be willing to work in any weather conditions
adc is a great place to work..i worked all shifts, benefits is great...
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Typical day at work
Correctional Officer II (Former Employee), Tucson, AZFebruary 10, 2014
You would go in and have two Counts to make sure all the inmates where accounted for a face to ID count. You would conduct feeding and Rec time for the inmates. You were always watching and making sure the inmates would adhere to the rules. Which they never did so it made for busy days at times.
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Start of a new line of work.
Medical Records Auditor (Former Employee), Tucson, AZJanuary 31, 2014
Pros: learning a new side to the medical field
Cons: traveling to and from each prisons.
Working with a group to set up ADOC EMR system, with that we went through all imamates aka patients charts to find their chronic care any abnormal labs and medications and to see when they had been last seen, then put all that information in a small data base till they worked out all the bugs in their EMR system they are going to use. Half the team – more... was let go due to project downsizing. – less
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Everyday brought new experiences
Corrections Officer (Former Employee), Florence, AZJanuary 19, 2014
When arriving at work everyday could be a different day. You never knew what each day was going to bring even with specific daily duties. There was a lot to be learned not only by fellow officers but by management as well. Hardest part of the job was being put in life threatening situations. The most enjoyable part of the job was being able to start – more... the day and finish the day being able to go home. – less
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A very competitive and informative enviorment
Correctional Sergeant (Former Employee), Arizona department of correctionsJanuary 9, 2014
Pros: the job is secure and it has admirable benefits for it's employees.
Cons: on the downside i would say this is a very high stress enviorment.
This job will give you a sense of belonging in a team environment.It helps you learn about life situations and all kinds of human interactions . You will work with offenders that attend personal help programs and persons with ongoing challenges.It is a fast paced work place. It teaches you all types situations you would not normally face on a day to – more... day bases. You learn to fallow policies and procedures needed to keep the public safe and secure.
The hardest part of corrections is managing your population with firm, fair, and consistent standards. The most enjoyable part of working in corrections has to be the comradery you develop with your staff. – less
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Laid back environment with minimal supervision.
Correctional Sergeant (Current Employee), Phoenix, AZJanuary 8, 2014
Pros: laid back
Cons: repetitive
Taking phone calls from all prison's within the state, all types of law enforcement agencies as well.
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High Security
Correctional Officer III ASPC-Perryville (Former Employee), Goodyear, ArizonaDecember 17, 2013
Cons: work environment is dirty, personal safty at risk
Work environment is stressful, personal safety in question. You are locked in the prison with convicted felons.
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Special Investigator Internal Affairs
Special Investigator - Internal Affairs (Former Employee), Phoenix, AzNovember 20, 2013
Investigated and documented employee misconduct. Supervisors assigned cases according to present caseload and experience. Co-workers are awesome as they assisted me when I had questions.
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Productive work place working with the public.
Correctional Records Clerk II (Current Employee), 1601 W. Jefferson Phoenix, Az.October 27, 2013
Pros: good health benefits.
A typical day at work is, answering emails, answering the telephone assisting the public with questions about their families release dates. Pulling files, filing paperwork, entering data into the computer.
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Excellent State Goverment Department
Correctional Service Officer I (Former Employee), Florence, AZSeptember 24, 2013
Pros: good medical benefits, job security and pension plans.
Cons: very stressfull
Maintained security in a maximum security prison.
Supervised the safe and orderly conduct of inmates.
Searched for weapons, drugs and homemade booze.
Wrote security reports
Management personnel were excellent.
Co-workers were professional and good to work with.
Hardest part of the job was to keep in mind always that inmates no matter how well they acted – more... all had to be treated equally because my job was not to determine if they really should be in prison or not.
The most enjoyable part of the day was when my shift was over and no major problems had not been taken care of. – less
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inmates
Correction officer (Former Employee), Tucson, AZSeptember 19, 2013
Pros: great everything
Cons: inmates
You have to maintain the health and safety also welfare of public and inmates.
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Supervise Inmates
Correctional Officer III (Current Employee), Goodyear, AZSeptember 11, 2013
This is a government job. I specialize in offender programming and am the system administrator for my complex for the release management system.
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a typical day at work
Correctional Records Clerk II (Former Employee), Phoenix, AZSeptember 6, 2013
Pros: reduced bus pass, paid holidays
Cons: supervision and direction
I enjoyed working in the Records unit at the Intake Center. A typical day involved copying and scanning sentencing documents for inmates that arrived that day. The copy was then given to a person to input the sentencing information on the inmate database and the scanned copy was placed in a file on a local drive for others to access. Each inmate had – more... a manual file that some paperwork had to be copied then collated into the correct side of the file. Then there were the phone calls from family members calling to see if their family member was in prison and provided the ADC inmate number and mailing address and other general information. Other ADC staff would come in the trailer and request files or paperwork so I'd have to stop what I was doing to assist them. There are other jobs that needed to be completed in the day and made they day go by fast, but it was exhausting at times. – less

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