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Any probation or correctional probation officer's here?

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Adam12_max50

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Posted almost 7 years ago

 

Just checking. looking into the line of work and wanting to know how well the job is liked/disliked.

Me_lynns2_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Hello ADAM12. I have alot to say about this area. After 8 years let me know if you are still interested.

Police-19_max50

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Adam it sucks I did it for 7 years


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Me_lynns2_max50

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

I almost have to agree with Tx_LawMan. Nowadays they like to treat the inmates like victims. It's definitely not for everyone. It might be a good stepping stone but as far as a permanent career not so much.

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Hi Adam 12...and seigon! (pssst call me chick!) Only about two years into the correctional field. Love it and hate it. Hate watching the creeps who totally messed up some little kids lives, and reproductive organs whining because they didn't get their commissary, or the guy next to them smells bad. I hate seeing the counselors ("thug huggers") giving them whatever they want, and telling our officers not to be so tough on them. WHAT???!!! Hate that I have to be here for 15 years total, to retire with full bennys. Love the pay, my crew and...um...well...uh........

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

I just started in corrections, been there for about a year, there are people there that have made it their career. Like every other profession out there there are its good points and its bad points- its up to you and your attitude to make it what you want. If you go in thinking its going to be a crappy place to work- it will be. If you go in having a positive attitude you will enjoy the work and have fun doing it.
As seigon said it is a great stepping stone, but it can also be a great career- if thats what you want it to be.
Personally I love my job- I work in a direct supervision environment. When the inmates are out of their cells its me and 64 inmates, kinda intimidating at first but a handful of officers will be there in seconds at any sign of trouble.
What ever you choose to do Adam go in with a positive attitude.

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

I've been in and out of the system since 1979. (On the right side of the bars). When I started, counseling was a rubber hose, and mediation went on behind the wood shed. Times have changed but inmates haven't. I loved my job. I still do contract transport and Hospital Supervision Posts but I have slowed down through the years. The problems I see now are that in trying to maintain the coveted ACA Accredidation, the Officers are more locked down than the Inmates. Then you have the private prisons, of which I also worked for, that are more business and bottom line than Corrections. It's a thankless, tiring job that you really have to want to do. The money sure doesn't offer any reason for being there. It's one main cog in the LEO machine. Still, I have had no problems out of Inmates compared to the troublemakers I've had to deal with on the streets. I've had three altercations with Inmates in near 30 years, and on patrol I averaged 8 a night. Honest, I kept book on it. Stay Safe


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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

The one thing I hate most in Corrections is a toss up between Lawyers and Judges. They either work with you or totally against you. First thing you have to learn is the inmates have more rights then you do. They can do absolutley anything to you and all you can do is smile and go about your business untill they cross the line. Then you have to follow the rules of punishment to a T otherwise you're going to get sued and screwed. Its by no means a rewarding job but when you see the true slime get whats comming to them its definatley a good feeling. I agree with Spacemonkey, when you start out and the ratio is like 30-60:1 its very intimidating but you learn quickly that when you need help you will have the weight of the entire department with you. You can learn alot from the inmates as long as you listen. My policy with inmates is I'll treat them with respect the first time I meet them. If they choose to be a peckerhead they will be treated like that for as long as they are with us. When you start getting trustee's that will tell you anything, the job gets alot easier. Overall I enjoy the job and plan on sticking with it a few years before I go for patrol.

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

Hi All, I am new to this board.
I am a 26 yr old female with no college under my belt. I graduated High school and that is as far as I got.
I have always wanted to get into this line of work but never knew how to even start without experience.
I cannot afford to go to school and thanks to our lovely economy, I do not even qualify for financial aide.
Can someone...anyone...point me in the right direction?
I live in Macomb County, MI.
Any words of wisdom and experience would be great!

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Rate This | Posted over 6 years ago

 

LIke TX_Lawman, I spent 7 and a half years in the Texas Prison System and it was the most horrible job I ever had. I took a $600 a month pay cut go get out. God I hated it!

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I conduct research and propose policy.

I (and a lot of other people) have sights on changing the correctional system. A 180

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GOOD LUCK

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In my opinion it can be a good or bad stepping stone. Ive seen good officers get tainted attitudes from working corrections and then ive seen officers come out of corrections and be 10 times better then any other officer. I think being in corrections gives you great communication skills. I started in corrections. Only a short time but i feel that short time was well worth it just for the fact i got to know most of the people we deal with on a daily basis.