As a retired NYC Correction Officer, I realized when you come on to this job, this career, you will leave with a new prespective on life around you. It takes a person with heart and determination to make it working behind bars. We work a 4x2 split (four days on two days off) for 8.5 hr days sometimes 16 hr days. You really never know when you will be going home. You dont know what tomorrow will bring more less what today has in store for you. Everyday was a new experience but a learning one no doubt. There are supervisors, staff and inmates that try to test you day in day out and its up to you to decipher what you are willing to digest. The job is 95% mental, 5% physical and this mental stress is what kills most. The life expectancy of an officer upon retiring is 5 yrs. (I plan on beating those odds.) But I say this to you, if you are self reliant, emotionally stable, have a strong family structure, keep the faith, support system, and a true sense of who you are then you can do this job. If you are looking just for work and need money this job is not for you by any means. Be true to yourself before applying.
ability to advance, benefits, stable career
mental stress, rhetoric red tape