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"Very high stress job and very low pay."

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Current Employee - Community Specialist II in Greenville, SC
Current Employee - Community Specialist II in Greenville, SC
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I have been working at SC Department of Juvenile Justice full-time (More than a year)

Pros

Lots of vacation and sick leave available. Also the retirement is very good. You also get an opportunity to help kids and their families.

Cons

Very high stress and even lower pay. Management does not take care of their employees. An example is we had to buy our own meal for the Christmas party, which was a training on mental health. If you work in a smaller county then it isn't too bad, but if you're in a high volume county get ready to be burned out in the first year.

Advice to Management

Take care of your employees and show appreciation. Someone with 30 years of experience and a masters degree shouldn't be paid the same as someone with one year of experience and a Bachelor's.

Other Employee Reviews for SC Department of Juvenile Justice

  1. "correctional officer"

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    Former Contractor - Correctional Officer in Union, SC
    Former Contractor - Correctional Officer in Union, SC

    I worked at SC Department of Juvenile Justice as a contractor (More than 8 years)

    Pros

    being able to make sure people are safe and in positive spirits for the safety of the inmates protection of the staff and the public.

    Cons

    a lot of fights but it became a normal routine I grew to handle everyday.


  2. "Not for everyone. Even if you excel in other areas of law enforcement."

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    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Former Employee - Correctional Officer
    Doesn't Recommend

    I worked at SC Department of Juvenile Justice full-time (More than a year)

    Pros

    Free food (it's what the juveniles eat)
    Very stable job that's hard to get fired from
    Great place to start and learn if you're interested in law enforcement.
    You'll learn a lot while working here

    Cons

    Bad pay that's not changing anytime soon

    Department and most facilities are not prepared and could not handle a major/violent disturbance

    the juveniles. Most are involved in gangs and will fight/disrespect staff

    Officers/specialists have nothing but their hands and voice on the job. Most officers will end up having to yell/curse at the juveniles to control them.

    There's a possibility that you could be assaulted on the job by a juvenile and have to deal with that same juvenile in the pod days later after he's out of lockup. (Department's scared to admit that these juveniles are dangerous and need to be kept in lockup for longer than a day or two)

    Not enough officers to run any facility and they're still trying to expand facilities

    9/10 you're gonna have to manage an entire pod/unit alone. Even if the unit is known for having the worst and most violent juveniles

    Getting a white shirt and becoming a supervisor means you get to sit back and never have to enter a pod/unit to assist until the shift gets too short.

    Intimidation is about the only thing you can use to control the juveniles.

    Terrible training. Most of it is just so that the department can avoid law suits.

    There's very little organization to control and diffuse fights and disturbances.

    Advice to Management

    Increased pay for the officers. Especially for the ones at BRRC. The department needs officers and it's getting hard to sell a terrible job with a 28K salary when you could just work on the road or in a county jail.

    Better training for the officers that actually works and is useful.

    Understand that these juveniles are dangerous and can seriously hurt or even kill you. Some need to be placed in a more secure facility and not with some 13 year olds in for not going to school.

    Create dorm rooms/cells that are more secured. It's hard to put a dorm on lock down when all of the juveniles live in a room with no door or a door that can't be locked.

    Either give the facility supervisors more freedom to control their facilities or create better facilities and policies to control these juveniles.

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