As in many careers, professional development is beneficial for career growth as the market changes. This is the case for JCOs, especially during a time when prison reform is being discussed and considered.
Even though correctional officers receive a lot of training, sometimes it’s beneficial to learn new skills or understand how to mitigate new risks. To stay safe, remain up to date and limit liability, in other words, it’s important for correctional officers to keep up with training.
Sensitivity training allows correctional officers to properly assist inmates from different backgrounds and cultures. Educating themselves enables officers to make the best decisions for inmates who have a different sexual orientation or who come from a different ethnic background.