Sunday, January 22, 2006

What would you do?

Ok say you work at a prison, where there is high turnover of correctional officers and not an adequate supply of them on shift at any given moment. When you were hired in this support staff position (for example office clerk or secretary), your job description was pretty clearly defined--to clerical and/or secretarial duties. You liked the salary, you were fully aware of the job description, as explained to you, so you accept the position.

During the early part of your employment, those in charge are replaced by new people and suddenly things change. You, who is not a certified officer, who was hired as a secretary or clerk, who has absolutely no training in the area of handling inmates on a physical level, is suddenly expected to stay late to serve meals to inmates, shake down their cells and worse--physically pat them down for contraband.

What would you say to those in charge if you were told to do this.

If "go to hell" was part of your answer, then "DING DING" we have a winner.


  1. Disturbing, to say the least.

  2. Anonymous1/24/2006

    I think that is a totally outrageous expectation. You either receive correctional officer training and pay, or you do not work with the inmates. If people had any idea at the officer to inmate ratio in prisons, they would be shocked. The idea that prisoners are abused is outrageous. There is no where near enough officers to make this a remote possiblity. The endangerment to someone not trained to work with inmates is not justified in this case. I do believe your comment hits the nail on the head.--ST

  3. Thank you for your comments! This place where the person I'm referring to works has a tremendously high turnover, it's not the only place like that. Let me tell you one thing, if they put this gal in danger they will not know what hit them. I don't think it'll come to that because she'll probably quit first. But still you have to imagine it's NOT part of the established policy to do this sort of thing, someone's trying to get around it.