Magazine article American Jails

A Salute to Our Nation's Correctional Officers

Magazine article American Jails

A Salute to Our Nation's Correctional Officers

Article excerpt

Day in, day out, 24 hours a day, correctional officers across this Nation are tasked with one of the most demanding, and necessary jobs in society- keeping a watchful eye on the thousands of people entrusted in their care.

Theirs can be a thankless job, mostly out of the public limelight, and greatly misunderstood due in part to the television shows and movies that depict them such in a distasteful way. It's not an easy job- those who choose this career path must possess a great deal of patience, understanding of the law and human nature, and lots and lots of training to be effective, successful, and remain safe.

The Bureau of Labor Statistics notes that "Working in a correctional institution can be stressful and hazardous. Every year, correctional officers are injured in confrontations with inmates. Correctional officers have one of the highest rates of nonfatal on-the-job injuries."

So, why would anyone want that kind of job, much less build it into a career?

I can't tell you how many corrections officers and jail administrators have told me that it's the best job they ever had. The care and custody of detainees, although an important part of what they do, is just a portion of what the job entails. Making a difference in the lives of the people whom they touch is what draws many to this profession.

At the American Jail Association, our mission is to support the men and women who work in our Nation's jails. We do this through training seminars, our Annual Training Conference & Jail Expo, American Jails magazine, the AJAlert (our electronic newsletter), networking opportunities, certification, advocacy, and so much more. …

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