Correctional officers/jailers work in correctional facilities and prisons to oversee individuals who have been arrested or sentenced to serve time in prison.
They typically supervise inmates in living areas (e.g, dining area, inmates' cells, etc.) and outdoors when inmates are allowed to have recreational activities. They also supervise inmates and their visitors in visitation areas. They must closely monitor inmates' movements in prisons and conduct regular counts, and they must also be ready to provide emergency response at all times, including prompt assistance to prisoners in the event of physical or emotional trauma, injury, illness, etc. They also oversee jail cleanliness and report to appropriate departments if repairs or maintenance are necessary. Correctional officers/jailers must write disciplinary reports whenever applicable, and they are also required to check for contraband materials (e.g., drugs, weapons, etc.) within the facilities.
Those in this position must be flexible work on rotating shifts and should always keep their knowledge up-to-date related to prison procedures and other skills. A high school diploma or equivalent and U.S. citizenship are minimum requirements for this position, and some states, such as Texas, require these officers to obtain specific licensing for the job. Applicants must also pass background checks, drug tests, physical exams, and psychological tests and have a valid driver's license.
Correctional Officer / Jailer Tasks
Receive and secure prisoners until their release.
Maintain security of the jail.
Supervise prisoners and maintain security, rules, regulations and cleanliness in correctional facility.
Responsible for transporting or moving prisoners.