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It’s no surprise that working as a corrections officer is stressful


By Michael Pittaro, assistant professor, Criminal Justice at American Military University

It’s no surprise that working as a corrections officer is stressful. Working in a prison is dangerous and officers are constantly concerned about physical violence. In addition, many prisons are overcrowded and understaffed forcing officers to work mandatory overtime and inconsistent rotating shifts.

[Related article: Stress Management Strategies for Correctional Officers]

While these are legitimate sources of stress, it turns out the two leading stressors associated with corrections work are:

  • Organizational and structural issues within the prison administration
  • Weak or inconsistent leadership practices

Does it surprise you that the primary source of stress, dissatisfaction, and discontent among corrections officers is with prison administrators, not the inmate population?

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