Hard work in a violent place
Corrections Officer (Current Employee) – Lagrange, KY – September 9, 2016
Since I have worked at the Kentucky State Reformatory for over 10 years it's difficult to give a "typical" day. Initially shifts would be 8 or 16 hours, although now they are 12 hour days. It is an exhausting and grueling place to work dealing with 2400+ inmates when seriously understaffed. The basic day is roll call, receiving your post assignment, going to post and doing security rounds and security counts. Taking care of inmate management, disciplinary issues and maintaining a written log of the days events. The dorms where the inmates live can have 30 to 200 inmates in them and you are the only one in the dorm to deal with them. Racial issues are common problems you have to deal with. The special management sections are run a little differently.
I have learned security protocols, use of force, firearms and report writing. Classes in CPR/AED use, general inmate management, dealing with special management inmates and violent offenders and emergency responses are also taught.
Many managers and co-workers have an "I no longer care" attitude. Much of this is brought on by the 60+hour work week and covering two or three jobs instead of one.
The hardest part of the job is maintaining a positive attitude when the moral is so poor. The most enjoyable part is when you see an inmate you have counseled or helped in some way, parole out. Then hear they have become a productive member of society again.
low pay, poor backing from upper management at times