Working in a prison  

lovemetouchme5 52F
1534 posts
7/10/2006 9:57 pm

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Working in a prison

Today is my 11 year anniversary at my job. I remember seeing the ad in the paper back in 1995, and thinking that it would be very interesting. I was ready to leave my job teaching in public school, but I didn't know what I was going to do. Then I saw the ad:

Wanted: Special Needs Teachers to teacher GED program to offenders at XXXXXXX Correctional Center.

Hmmmm, I didn't even know that town had a prison, let alone an education program!

I immediately called the supervisor and asked all sorts of questions. Then I dwelled on it for about three weeks.

My last year at public school was not the most pleasant one. I never really got along with the principal at all. Near the end of the school year, things got so bad that I decided to turn in my resignation for the following year, and seek employment elsewhere. I remember I had put in my letter that I didn't think that it was the right vocation for me...little did I know!

I thought about leaving the state and moving to somewhere like Seattle or New Mexico, but the prison job kept popping up in the paper.

I finally got up enough nerve to turn in my application. It was only a couple of days later that I got an interview!

The day of the interview was very interesting. I was escorted by a Sergeant to the school. I saw all these men in gray uniforms. They were everywhere! During the interview, my supervisor asked me if I would be imitated by working there. I responded only by my height! Being only 5'1" has its disadvantages when you're surrounded by men that are much taller!

Two weeks later, my supervisor called me and offered me a position. Of course I said yes! I started two weeks after that on July 10, 1995.

My first memories of working there were the gold teeth, the hung pants, and the skull caps. I’m used to the teeth now, but to this day, I’m still telling my students to pull up their pants! Sometimes I find myself seeing people out in the street with their pants hung low, and I just want to tell them to pull them UP! Problems of the trade I guess.

ANNNYYYWAAYYY, I, along with about 20 other teachers at this particular facility, teach the GED program to about 60 ‒ 65 offenders (about 20 of them with special needs) during the day. The Missouri Department of Corrections has a very high GED success rate. It’s something that we are very proud of. To see the offender accomplish something and then start dreaming about what he would be able to do with his life after incarceration because of his GED is so gratifying. Statistically, the recidivism rate is significantly lower with offenders who do manage to get their GED and then move into a vocational program.

Now some of you may be asking yourself, “is that safe?” To be honest, I feel safer behind the gate then I do in front of it! If an offender gets out of hand, all I have to do is call an officer and have him removed. Eventually, he gets the idea that he’s not going to play games, and it’s all good.

I plan on retiring in October of 2020. My out date will be October 1, 2020, as my students like to call it! Lol…I hope to be around that long.

Thanks for reading another long post!

MissKittyNip26 107F

7/10/2006 10:47 pm

LOL.. now THAT sounds like an interesting job!!!

moonlightphoenix 46F
6508 posts
7/11/2006 10:51 am

Very interesting read. I'm hoping to get a degree some day in criminal justice, specializing in criminal psychology. I'm fascinated by the psyche. I'd love to have coffee and talk with you some

rm_Smile_My_Way 60M
1519 posts
7/11/2006 8:12 pm

Congrats on your anniversary. Not everybody likes their job, sounds like you do. The job I have now is the best one I ever had. The job you do is very important to these inmates, I'm sure it means a lot to them for when they can have their second chance.

JuicyBBW1001 56F

7/12/2006 4:19 pm

Congrats I was a teepee parent on a Vision Quest Wagon Train and helped 67 juvenile offenders keep up with their educations. It is amazing the turn around in their attitudes when they find out that they aren't so dumb after all. Keep up the good work.


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