Corrections officers work in jails, prisons, courthouses and detention centers. They deal with and handle people who have just been arrested, defendants, and inmates. Shift work is normal for corrections officers, as correctional facilities operate twenty-four hours per day. Their duties vary throughout the shift.
Corrections officers perform the following functions: booking prisoners, searching prisoners, guarding and watching prisoners, preventing fights and potential riots, transporting prisoners to and from court, inventorying personal possessions of inmates, guarding new arrestees, and guarding convicted felons.
Corrections officers may be part of a local sheriff’s department, working at the county jail or they may work at a state or federal prison. And since the privatization of prisons seems to be a trend, corrections officers may even find themselves employed by a government agency or a private company. Officers who work at jails experience a dizzying array of people: those awaiting trial, those serving sentences for misdemeanors, and those convicted of felonies and awaiting transport to state or federal prisons. Corrections officers who work at prisons usually work exclusively with felons.