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Day 5: Could I Do the Job?

One of the tasks I was assigned for the day was to create an intriguing blurb for Caterina Tudor’s author page. I took a look at a few of the articles to get a better idea of what she writes about. This also helped me to determine what I could write in order to encourage readers to view her work. Her latest piece entitled “Behind the Mask” is very interesting and I found myself wanting to read to the end of this article. She incorporated real voices into her writing. Six people offered their thoughts and in return she promised anonymity so there is no way to figure out who these people are. The most important part, though, is that we can read their stories. Her piece highlighted how working as a Corrections Officer really takes a toll on a person’s state of mind. Often they find themselves unhappy even when they’re not on the job. One person even said that he found himself treating his kids like inmates and ordering them around. Another person talked about how her family did not even want to be around her anymore because she acted so miserable all the time. Furthermore, another person said he had thoughts of suicide but refused to express these feelings to anyone else for fear that he would be on the fast track to the “funny farm.” Others claimed they were scared to voice their troubles because they felt it would hurt them in the long run when it came time to hand out promotions. One of the people she interviewed even said to her, “what I come across at work wounds my soul.”

Reading articles such as this one encourage me to think about if I could do the job as a Corrections Officer, and do it well. My answer to that question is maybe, but possibly not. It takes a certain kind of strong, brave and ambitious person to be able to surround themselves with killers, rapists and child molesters on a day to day basis. Imagine yourself at your job. Who are you surrounded by? I’m going to venture to say that probably the worst person at your job is the guy who has repeatedly eaten your sandwich for lunch because he had accidentally mistaken it for his own. Think about if that was the best person you were surrounded by, and the very worst person was an inmate who was doing life without parole because he was a serial child molester. That is why Corrections Officers end up with anxiety, depression, post-traumatic stress disorder, and other similar issues.

So why might you ask would someone want to go into such a difficult field? To be honest, I had a difficult time coming across a definite answer to that question. For someone who works in a juvenile facility, usually there’s hope that the kids are going to leave the facility one day. The Corrections Officers play a role in preparing the kids to go back into the real world and that is comforting knowing you made a difference. I’m still trying to find out why people would want to work in a regular adult facility. Maybe it’s the intrigue of the inmates, and interest in discovering who they are and why they did what they did. Maybe it’s a significant change from your previous “9-5” job and that’s exactly what you were looking for: something different. Although my research showed the more negative aspects of becoming a Corrections Officer, and neglected to reveal the more positive ones, I know that there are good reasons why so many Americans step up to the plate and become Corrections Officers. Those who succeed and are good at what they do are very admirable because as I said before, that is definitely not a job that just anyone can do.

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