Convict Guards

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Convict Guards

Convict Guards - Working Conditions

In a typical work setting, corrections officers:

Interpersonal Relationships

  • Have a high level of social interaction on the job. They have constant contact with inmates and other corrections officers.
  • Work with unpleasant, angry, or rude people daily.
  • Must deal with physically aggressive or violent people every day.
  • Are greatly responsible for the health and safety of coworkers, visitors, and inmates.
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  • Are placed in conflict situations daily.
  • Are responsible for the work outcomes of the people they supervise.
  • Work as part of a corrections team.
  • Communicate with people daily by e-mail, telephone, and in person.
  • Write letters and memos on a weekly basis.

Physical Work Conditions

  • Work both indoors and outdoors.
  • Are exposed to diseases and infections daily.
  • Are often exposed to sound and noise levels that are distracting and uncomfortable.
  • Are often exposed to contaminants.
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  • Wear protective vests and safety attire often.
  • Are sometimes exposed to very hot or very cold temperatures, depending on weather.
  • Work very near other people and have little space between self and others.

Work Performance

  • Must be highly accurate on the job. Mistakes could have very serious consequence for self and others.
  • Must repeat the same physical and mental tasks throughout the day.
  • Meet strict weekly deadlines.
  • Can set some tasks and goals without talking to a supervisor.
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  • Can make most decisions without talking to a supervisor.
  • Make decisions weekly that strongly impact the inmates and coworkers.


  • Usually work an eight-hour day, five days a week.
  • May rotate shifts, such as from day shift to swing shift, every few weeks.
  • May work days, nights, weekends, and holidays.
  • May be required to work overtime.
Source: Illinois Career Information System (CIS) brought to you by Illinois Department of Employment Security.