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The justice system relies upon dedicated individuals to work in the prisons service and ensure that criminals serve their sentences. They also play an active role in rehabilitating offenders so they can be valuable members of society when they return.
Roles in the prison service include officers, administration staff, healthcare professionals and operational managers. There is also a team of people required to maintain the building and facilities.
To work in the prison service you have to be extremely disciplined and able to enforce rules whilst remaining respectful of others. The work can be challenging, but you are helping to serve justice and rehabilitate prisoners.
Whilst prison officers are a vital part of the prison service there are a myriad of other roles that the rehabilitation process of prisoners depends upon such as psychologists, operational staff, probation workers and prison instructors.
All of these teams work together to ensure that the rehabilitation work is as effective as possible. You will have to communicate between teams; it’s a very collaborative process.
A prison is not a typical work environment. You could be faced with difficult situations and you will work with offenders that have done crimes of varying severities. It’s important that you are able to abstain from judgement and dedicate yourself to providing good care and service when you are at work.
There is also currently a shortage of prison staff throughout the country, so the pay can be quite generous.