Correctional Officers are in charge of guarding, supervising, monitoring, and assisting in the rehabilitation process of people sentenced by a court of law to time in a correctional institution or other places of detention. They are responsible for the well-being and safety of inmates, as well as maintaining a calm, safe, and positive environment.
Apart from their duties involving direct contact with inmates, Correctional Officers are also in charge of some of the administrative aspects of the correctional institution they work in. They work closely with Police Forces and other Law Enforcement organizations in the processing of paperwork and transferring of inmates.
Here’s a non-exhaustive list of common tasks Correctional Officers are required to complete.
- Watching over inmates:
- Making sure all inmates are accounted for;
- performing security checks;
- assigning proper reprimands for misconduct;
- preventing disturbances and escapes; and
- responding to violent outbursts among inmates.
- Supervising inmates during activities:
- Scheduling and overseeing inmate’s meals, assignments, and recreation periods.
- Patrolling the detention centre:
- Watching inmates’ behaviours;
- reporting unusual or suspicious activities to the supervisor; and
- writing reports on inmate’s behaviours.
- Escorting inmates when being transported or transferred to another facility.
- Supervising visits:
- Escorting inmates to the visiting area;
- searching visitors for concealed objects; and
- monitoring visits.
- Doing correctional centre related paperwork:
- Organizing admission, release, and transfer procedures for inmates;
- completing all related paperwork; and
- writing inmate reports to be used in court when necessary.
- Watching over inmates and supervising their activities.
- Doing security checks.
- Making sure all inmates are accounted for.
- Handling lethal and non-lethal weapons.
- Staying alert for possible violent situations.
- Responding to riots or other violent disturbances.
- Escorting inmates who are being transferred.
- Escorting visitors to the designated visiting area.
- Assisting inmates in rehabilitation processes (e.g. workshops and counselling).
The average Correctional Officer salary is $51,435 per year or $26 per hour. This is around 1.6 times more than the Median wage of the country. Entry level positions start at $36,000 while most experienced workers make up to $72,000. These results are based on 40 salaries extracted from job descriptions.