OfficerSafety in Correctional Institutions
OfficerSafety in Correctional Institutions (Prisons)
Retainingcriminals in prisons has been one of the biggest challenges facingthe US government and other States across the world. These inmatesmanage to escape from jail mainly due to the use of cell phones wherethey contact with outsiders.It, therefore, means that the governmentshas to enact strict policies preventing prisoners and theofficers/guards carrying mobile phones in correctional facilities soas to curb the problem of prisoners escape (Schmalleger & Smykla,2015). This paper tries to explain some of the issues concerningofficers’ safety when they carry cell phones with them incorrectional facilities.
First,the prison guards can be attacked by the inmates who want thesedevices. The inmates can attack the officers along the corridors whenthey are being moved to take lunch or even in the field during thematches. Officers carrying mobile phones in prison risk being beatenup or killed by prisoners in their daily operations in thesecorrectional institutions. According to investigations carried out inthe correctional institutions, it has been found that prison officersend up being attacked due these devices (Schmalleger & Smykla,2015).
Anotherissue connected to officers’ safety carrying mobile phones iscriminals escaping from prison. It is evident that the inmates canescape from jail when they communicate with the outsiders or even theprison wardens. Research shows that officers in board are shot orkilled as the inmates try to escape through the tunnels, crossingover the manned gates or even hiding from the watch towers around theprisons.
Correctionalofficerscan risk losing their jobs when caught with mobile phones inthe prisons. In addition, they can face felony charges in the courtswhen they carry cell phones with them to these facilities. Thecriminal justice system in the US found out that many prison guardslose jobs or get jailed due to the fact that they can contact withthe inmates via the cell phones (Schmalleger & Smykla, 2015).
Schmalleger,F., & Smykla, J. O. (2015). Correctionsin the 21st century (7th ed.).New York, NY: McGraw-Hill Education.