Former Correctional Officer at Missouri Department of Corrections
almost 3 years ago
The day in the life of a correctional officer for the missouri department of corrections is based on the job that you choose. There is a process called ‘bidding.’ This is based on the officer’s seniority (how long you have been with the department.) Typically, any new-hire will be placed on evenings or the over night shift. There are three shifts, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd shift. The hours are as follows,
As I worked all three shifts over the three years I was with the department, I have seen it all. Your schedule is what you make of it; however, there is honestly very little room for a personal life. My day would be wake up 3 hours before my shift started, take a shower, get dressed, and drive an hour to Cameron, Missouri in order to be at work 30 minutes before my shift started. On the good days, I would get off of work at the appropriate time; however, if there was any call-ins, I would end up working a 16 hour shift. (This is expected, and for the majority, a mandatory expectation of the job.) While on shift, the schedule was exactly, or similar to this,
7am-Arrive on shift
7:20am-Lock down in order to prepare for count
8:10-Medical Movement, Education Movement, Work Movement opens
8:20-Medical Movement, Education Movement, Work Movement closes
8:30-Morning Recreation Movement Opens
10:15am-Morning Recreation Movement Closes
10:20am-Lock down for second count
11am-Count Clears/ Medical Movement
11:15-Chow Time begins, and typically lasts around 1 hour 30 minutes.
Within 15 minutes of lunch for the offenders ends, Afternoon Recreation opens, and remains open until you leave a 3:00pm.
*Note, Times are approximate and changes with every shift.
Along with all of this, an officer has to deal with fights with offenders, offender complaints, staff issues, and a myriad of other issues.
After I would get off work, I would drive an hour home, fix dinner, do some cleaning up, and go to bed.