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I worked at Michigan Department of Corrections full-time (More than 3 years)
Pay starts low but increases quickly. Benefits are very good. Met a few really great people. Work is easy and really doesn't require engaging your brain.
The job is a huge bore for the amount of time you invest in training and education. Nepotism runs rampant. Promotions or even lateral moves are non-existent unless you know someone or belong to the click. More drama with officers than inmates in the female prison. High turnover, supervisors with no intergrity, won't support officers, don't know policy & procedure themselves and will plot with inmates to set other officers up. You never go to work knowing that you will leave shift on time due to last minute call offs. Officers are constantly held over for 16 hr shifts sometimes 3-4x a week. Tickets are written for infractions, major or minor, but mine always seemed to "get lost". Lots of technology available but not used enough. Inmates still have paper files where things have a tendency to disappear. Dangerous people are released because of incomplete/missing records.
Advice to Management
Fire 95% percent of everyone employed and burn the place to the ground and startover. Stop letting inmates run the place and treat your officers like the good people that they are. Leadership starts at the top, set the RIGHT example and don't isolate yourself from your officers or the inmates. Be very visible and approachable. Listen to concerns and new ideas.