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Well, its time for me to join the real world. (Dammit! J/K) I've finally found a full-time job as a Correctional Officer at the Mike Durfee State Prison here in South Dakota.

I start training on June 9th. I'm excited as all hell since I'll be able to actually pay off my school loans and credit cards.

Hopefully everything will turn out good and it'll be a job I like and stay with for many years.

Anyways, I just wanted to share some of my good news with the rest of you.
 

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Congrats!!! Hope you do well.
 

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Congrats on a good job bro. They're few these days.
Don't drop the soap! :lol:
 

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I imagine the corrections field would be a good place for a young man to move up through the ranks quickly if he showed some initiative and smarts.

Give it hell and be real careful.

congratulations!

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Congrats! Good luck with the job, and good luck paying off those student loans! (I'm fearing this one myself...)
 

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Speaking of student loans, if you haven't already consolidated them better do it quick, rate is about to jump almost 2 points!

Congrats on the job though.
 

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Congrats! I have 10 yrs in corrections under my belt. It was quite the experience. Just watch your back and be careful.
 

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Congratulations. Please remember to practice officer safety at all times. The term trusty is a misnomer and I have seen deputies I worked with and later, deputies who worked for me, become a bit too friendly with the trusties. They are inmates after all.

I worked the jails where most of the inmates are fighting their cases and just trying to get out of there; either to the streets or prison. Where you will be working is a whole different world and much more dangerous in my opinion. I never wanted to do it and my hat is off to you for doing so.

Enjoy, but please be safe.
 

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as a corrections officer myself,

1. always, always stick up for your fellow officer. if inmate jones says the sky is blue and officer johnson says its orange, guess what color the sky is. its orange. period.

2. always watch your back.

3. stand in front of a mirror and say the word "no" over and over again for 30 minutes, and taht should give you an idea of one days work at a prison.

4. NEVER give an inmate what hes not supposed to have.

5. play the "what if" game. "if a 10-10 broke out here, where would i go?" etc.

6. dont be a snitch.

7. dont be "friendly"

and finally

8. get ready for teh most stressful job in the world. and its not the inmates taht make it stressful. give it 6 months and youll know what i mean.

good luck and God bless
 

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RockinAR said:
Corrections jobs suck. If you want monkeys throwing piss and **** at you all day you should of got a job at the zoo.
GREAT! :roll:
On that note, maybe you should reconsider! :roll:
Watch your back the inmates can be crazy sometimes!
 

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Thanks for all the comments guys. As for harassment towards me and the other officers, it won't be too bad, this is only a low/med security prison. Not saying there won't be some hardasses there but incidences like getting crap throwing at you will be few and far between.

My buddy works at the Pen and I haven't heard many bad things there either.

A lot of the inmates in the SD DOC actually have something to be decent for since theres not many that are lifers. I think currently there's 4 people on death row here and they'll be there for a while just like every other state.

But either way, I'm gonna watch my back as well as the backs of my fellow officers because I have no intention of getting hurt while I'm at work. Of course, they do have a nice disability package...lol j/k.

Anyways, thanks for the comments and I'll let you know how things go in a few months.
 

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Shnozzer-xd-9 said:
it won't be too bad, this is only a low/med security prison.
and this is the most dangerous. i work at the clements unit, the largest maximum security prison in texas, and we have General Population, Psych, and High Security. High security has the worst texas has to offer yet they are behind a secured door 23hrs a day. i work general population which is minimum and medium security and is the most dangerous to work because they are allowed to be out of their cells for most of the day therefore have accesss to you, a shank, can of coke in a sock, pens, etc.. statistically most staff assults occur from minimal custody offenders. so please, just becasue its a min. security prison, dont get the mentality that avarything is going to go smooth and for it to be a walk in the park. those inmates didnt go to prison for singing too loud in teh choir.
 

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Well, first 3 days down and its information over load! Damn, they feed you a lot of info in 3 days.

We finally got to take our tour of the prison today. It's frickin huge! Its an old college campus converted into a prison so it's exactly like a college except with razor wire and more rules. If it weren't for the fences, you would swear this is just a college yet.

The inmates have an amazing amount of freedom here. Hell, they have keys to their own "cells", which are dorm rooms. They are VERY trusting of the inmates here which is a double edged sword since the inmates appreciate the freedom and trust but yet, if they decide to cause trouble, we the officers are ****ed cause the Officer/inmate ratio is 1/3 total staff, it is way worse taking the actual number of officers on duty at the time.
At night, the on duty officer/inmate ratio is like 1 officer per 80 inmates and we have no way to lockdown their "cells."

As for weapons and such, this prison builds governer's houses, which are houses for elder and low income families so they have access to all kinds of weapons. So when they really want to get a hold of a shank, its not much of a problem for them.

As far as attempted escapes go the warden had this to say, "The inmates are allowed to drive heavy machinery including forklifts so if they want to escape, there isn't a damn thing you can really do about it."

So, I really don't know what its like to be "in the ****" as they say so I can't say much about the dangers and such so far but I do know there's inmate you don't wanna mess with unless your looking to get a new piercing. So I'll just learn as I go and hope for the best.

I'll keep you updated when I get a little further along in training.
 

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Shnozzer-xd-9 said:
We finally got to take our tour of the prison today. It's frickin huge! Its an old college campus converted into a prison so it's exactly like a college except with razor wire and more rules. If it weren't for the fences, you would swear this is just a college yet.
Heh, I guess I'll stop joking around about my school being a prison ;)
 

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brandon14295 said:
1. always, always stick up for your fellow officer. if inmate jones says the sky is blue and officer johnson says its orange, guess what color the sky is. its orange. period.
So your number 1 rule is to lie. I would think that would probably lead to more problems if you stuck to that policy.
 

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galway said:
brandon14295 said:
1. always, always stick up for your fellow officer. if inmate jones says the sky is blue and officer johnson says its orange, guess what color the sky is. its orange. period.
So your number 1 rule is to lie. I would think that would probably lead to more problems if you stuck to that policy.
Its not so much lying its just backing up WHATEVER a fellow officer says. The first time you disagree with another officer, you might as well quit cause the inmates will ride that horse until it dies.
 
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