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Hi, sorry if this post is already out there, I haven't seen one. I am currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and am considering a career as a Correctional Officer in Pa. Question is, I am 5'3, 100 lbs, I'm not a teenager but I'm not over the hill "yet" either. Is this a place for someone like me? What are the pro's and con's? I have no experience in this line of work. Thanks for any advice/guidance.

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I worked in corrections for two years before I switched to probation two months ago. In my short career has a CO I met many great female officers. My LT has worked in corrections for thrty years and she is one of the finest officers I ever met. But at the same time in my short two years I saw three female officer get fired for sexually misconduct. Just make sure your a strong minded persons.

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I like to think I am a strong minded person, having been through some life experiences has taught me a few things.
Having been in both, CO and now probation, which would you recommend? I am also considering probation officer? I just need to find my footing in the field. Thanks again!

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Only you can make the decision. Some people really like Corrections and some hate it. Probation is the same way except it's the case load rather then working in a prison/jail.

Good Luck on the degree. I was 15 years out of H.S. before I started college as well. Now I'm 3 classes short of my masters. Keep it up, it's worth it!!

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Thanks!! good luck on your masters! I'm only half way through my associates, so I got a ways to go yet!.

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Hey hpeful ! Im currently a Corrections Officer. I enjoy it, it was my foot in the door with my department. Ive been at the jail for almost 2 years now. I cant imagine being in the jail unitl I retire ( Im only 22). And becoming a deputy was my original goal. So Im on my way out to the streets right now but for some people they love the jail and couldnt see themselves anywhere else. I know people who have made it a 25 year career, there are definately advancement opprotunities, you just have to want it. I dont know about your state, or the agency you plan on joining but prepare yourself physically for an academy. All places that I know of require new recruits to go to an academy. Run, work on your upper body strength ( as in A LOT of pushups), penal codes, 10 codes if you happen to use them.

p.s you're not over the hill...I went to an extremely tough academy and we had a woman in my class that was 46 and she kicked ass...you just have to want it.


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Thanks for the encouragement!! I'm in Pittsburgh PA. What is the best thing about your job that makes you keep wanting to go back? The worst? I guess my biggest concern is that I am on the small side, and a woman. I am a little strong minded so that part shouldn't be a problem for me, It's a whole new field for me and honestly, a little overwhelming only because I don't know what direction I should go in. I know I want to help people, in what ever aspect that is, I also want to make an informed decision but most importantly, I want someone to tell me, "this is where you should go" but that's NOT going to happen lol....is it better to be at a jail or a prison?

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Natalie is a former championship mudwrestler, so you have to take that into consideration...lol. I worked in Corrections for 5 years, and we had a great team. One of the best Officers I ever worked with was a 4'10", 92 pound female. She could jump over any pile and help out better than most guys I know. You'll be fine, no worries. You seem to communicate well, and that is most important in this job, and you are in better shape than many people...so don't sweat the small stuff...( no pun intended ).


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hpeful said:

Hi, sorry if this post is already out there, I haven't seen one. I am currently pursuing a degree in Criminal Justice and am considering a career as a Correctional Officer in Pa. Question is, I am 5'3, 100 lbs, I'm not a teenager but I'm not over the hill "yet" either. Is this a place for someone like me? What are the pro's and con's? I have no experience in this line of work. Thanks for any advice/guidance.

Go for it..if you can physically prepare....It's more than a job....its a vocation of strict measure....Size of children have doubled, and the hate and anger is surpassing...be prepared to handle all...for I am only 5ft tall....and even though I stand my ground...most who undermine the small do try to stomp you down...its in the order of undermining by size and mass....common though..very common....Go for what you want..even, work your way to start with different stages within the law...such as juvenile officer....this is greatly needed...your challenge will be them foremost...the girls that are apprehended are volitle...you will be dealing with people of different backgrounds that are fireballs of violence, and then some who are easey going...and non-violent and will only use words to set your hair a blaze....Men have always had the upperhand because they are more physically hammered for this stuff...but women have also become engaged to learn and master the weight factor and skill...I believe the arts give us a leverage to invest in this line of work....Use it/Or Loose it!

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i so go for it!! just go in there and let them now you wont put it with shit you have to be strict at first then you can lighten up alittle bit... just so in strong and you will go far! it is fun no day is every the same and you will meet all kinds of new people that will really open your eyes up! good luck!

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KETOLACA said:

Natalie is a former championship mudwrestler, so you have to take that into consideration...lol. I worked in Corrections for 5 years, and we had a great team. One of the best Officers I ever worked with was a 4'10", 92 pound female. She could jump over any pile and help out better than most guys I know. You'll be fine, no worries. You seem to communicate well, and that is most important in this job, and you are in better shape than many people...so don't sweat the small stuff...( no pun intended ).

mudwrestler huh!? lol ...will you all come with me at my first week on the job, and hold my hand? lol j/k....I'm in better shape than most?! I would have to doubt that. I would have to get in shape. I have been smoking cig's for approx. 24 years so that would have to stop, which I am trying to do now!.. and as far as being physically fit, I have never watched what I ate, exercised, I don't even think I know how to run! lol ....I am on the lazy side and I think that has to do with being small, never had to worry about gaining weight, it just didn't happen. I graduate in fall of 2009 so I'm thinking that if I start getting in shape now, by then, I should be good to pass any physical requirements. It seems like great opportunity and you all sound like you love your jobs/careers. I don't know about the juvenile side though, because, I really never considered it. I think they may be worse than adults?

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You cant slam the kids around like tha adults. I couldnt ...or wouldnt ever wanna work with kids. Well the bad kids in juvy that is.


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If you have the heart and determination it doesn't matter if you are a 5'3" and 100 lbs female of a 6ft 230 male. It's like the old cliche if you put you mind to it... And I can honestly say I have worked with females who I would rather have watch my back than half the men I have worked with. Go for it and good luck.

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One thing I always tell prospective recruits and CJ majors is to find a jail/prison in your area, talk the administration and let them know what you are doing/looking for and find out if you can have a tour of the facility.  Some places even allow internships at the counselor/mental health level.  Many a time I've seen folks come inside and freak out when the door slams shut behind them and locks....they get even more freaked out when they learn that they will be locked into a section ALONE with anywhere from 50 to 75 inmates (small facility) or more.  Not trying to scare you but give you the cold hard facts.  I know plenty of great female officers who, frankly, I'd rather have them have my back than some of the male ones I work with.  Its all in attitude.  But attempt to get a tour if you can....its a good place to start to see what exactly you are getting into for 8 hours a day/5 days a week.  Just my thoughts.


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I work with female CO's everyday, and I find that no matter what their size is they are just as good as male CO's if they have a good work ethic (that goes for males and females alike). I even have a couple of them on our ERT Team, and wouldn't trade them for the world. I find that a female in a male prison setting has a better chance of calming a violent inmate than a male officer does, and as far as a physical confrontation goes, if a 5'3" 95 lb. female officer grabs ahold of an inmates arm and holds on he's not going to be able to hit me with it.


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Hey hpeful,


I am a female C/O at a jail. We house females, males, trustys ,minimum, medium and maximum inmates. I work on a shift that has four females on it and only 2 males the majority of the time and one of those males is the main control operator.  The smallest of the females being maybe 5'2 but fiesty as hell. She has been doing this for over 9 years now and actually been knocked out once by an inmate. However, because of her strong will and mind...I watch this 50 years + woman walk into a housing unit and speak, and I watch 40+ male inmates shut their mouths and do as their told. The main reason I see for this is her consistency in what she says will happen and she follows through.


Consistency is a BIG thing with inmates. For the most part, I find if I show them respect, I get respect. But things aren't  always that easy and at those times, is when I have to be consistent in I mean what I say, and say what I mean.  The person below, is correct when he says most female officers can calm an inmate better than a male. I have seem my CPL. back out because he was escalating a situation and I went in and was able to talk to him.  Your mind and words are your greatest weapon! Being a female C/O you will hear more disgusting comments and see more male anatomy than you ever wanted too trust me. You have to be strong minded and be able to ignore alot, but at the same time NOT tolerate it.


I am pretty new this myself and had no previous experience either. I want to go patrol eventually, but I thought this was a good start for me. I knew if I could handle this...I could handle anything! Oh yeah...I'm 38yrs old  5'8 and about 175. and a mother of six children ages 20 to 6. Switching to mom mode after dealing with "those people" can be tough some days too. But, I will say...I really do enjoy my job...sick huh?....LOL You either want to do this or you don't I guess! However, that same little 5'2 officer also gave me some good advice. She said "if you ever lose that fear, you need to find a new profession" it's a respectful fear because we all want to home safe after our shift.


Good Luck in your decision!