Jayme Biendl Murder: Working Alone is a Problem for COs in Every Prison
Wednesday, February 2, 2011 at 5:00 am
"19 year veteran correctional officer, 11 years as a supervisor: In my experience and observation, gender has absolutely nothing to do with being a successful, effective correctional officer. In that environment, males and females break down into idiots and heroes in the same ratio. Generally, far more heroes than idiots on any day.
"Once the criminal becomes becomes an inmate, our job is management of the population, not punishment. The punishment is his or her removal from society at large. The things you want to take away from them, television, books, etc. are management tools.
"Prisons throughout the nation are under-financed, under-staffed and frequently over-populated. Nobody walks into a prison without realizing that we are walking into a danger zone. We know that we will at times be working alone with anywhere from a few dozen to a couple of hundred convicted felons.
If you want to have no correctional officers working alone, yu will need to double the number of correctional officers. Anybody here willing to step up and ask for a tax increase to make our jobs safer?
Lastly, nobody - but nobody - grows up wanting to be a correctional officer. Cops, firemen, soldiers, reporters - yes - but not correctional officers. If you want to honor the memory of Officer Biendl, call her a "Correctional Officer", not a "guard". Guards watch over things of value, as in "bank guard" or "museum guard". There is so much more to the job of being a correctional officer. I could go on and on with this, but I'll leave the rest unsaid.