The Life of a Corrections Officer

By Captain Tammy Norton

The public watches many new TV episodes these days of “Orange is the New Black” or “Prison Break” and they wonder, what is it really like to work in a prison setting?  Sean prompted me to write a piece for the blog and intimidated I was, not because I didn’t have plenty to say, I have worked in prison settings for the past 21 years-I just didn’t know how to say it, but here it goes.

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They Live On The Fringes Of Society… Cops

By Chief Scott Silverii Ph.D. (retired)

I was recently asked to speak at a book reading for the local library to discuss my latest work on cop culture, “A Darker Shade of Blue; From Public Servant to Professional Deviant.”

Unsure of what was expected, I looked for key sections or excerpts that might appeal to the civilian public.  One of the selections discussed why cops fail to fit-in with the general civilian population.

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Why Are Jails Our Mental Health Institutions? The Impact On Corrections Officers…

By Brian Dawe

“Currently, the three largest inpatient psychiatric facilities in the country are jails: Los Angeles County Jail, Rikers Island Jail in New York City, and …  Cook County Jail in Chicago.  Each individually house more persons with mental health conditions than any psychiatric institution in the United States.”[1]

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