My questions I think are more geared toward those Deputies that work in a correctional capacity but I guess it could apply to anyone.
A little background-
I've worked a combined total of 3 years for Kentucky and Wyoming state corrections (both medium security). I liked the job but had problems with both.
In KY I was only bringing home $1,500 a month, 27-year retirement that we paid in to, and no health insurance. (was optional but an additional $500-600 a month would be taken from what I was already bringing home.) Things were run halfway decent and had kind of an 'old school' mentality with everything.
That wasn't really a 'livable' situation for my family so I moved here to WY. With WYDOC I was bringing home $2,700 a month (49 hr week straight time though), good retirement and health insurance etc. but the administration is ABSOLUTELY RETARDED. They had ALL their priorities screwed up, didn't trust C/Os at all (even trained us to write each other up for ANYTHING, more write-ups were toward other officers than inmates), changed policies on a seemingly daily basis, didn't give a shit about C/Os in general. They blamed C/Os and direct supervisors for all the problems and our high turn-over rate.
When I found out my (now ex) wife was having an affair with an ex-felon from the state pen, one of the Captains put me on unpaid leave because he thought I was going to "attack the inmates". I told him I was fine and the situation had nothing to do with the inmates. He replied "Well my job is to worry about the prison." So now I have no income to support my son and I. Gee thanks.
Needless to say I quit in May this year and started going back to college but changed my major from CJ to Elem. Ed. because I like working with kids.
I've been having second thoughts though and have begun to wonder if I made that change simply to get as far away as I could from the stress of the divorce and the job. I have already planned on moving back to Wisconsin next month where all my family is for the support and to finish college there or whatever.
The Sheriff in my parents' county has been hiring off and on it seems and pays like $20-$29 an hour which is VERY enticing haha. However I have no interest in going back to the career field if the admin is fucking retarded, good pay or not. Are jails run better in general than state prisons? Do they have their shit together? Do they honestly know how and when to be laid back or not, unlike this wannabe para-military state prison that will hire anybody with a pulse? If it all depends on the facility/county, how would you suggest I go about finding out how it's run?
State correctional admin sucked ass, is Co. jails gonna be any different?