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Family Issues

Listed below is a selection of family-oriented material.

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Down Time: By the Old Screw

“There are two words in corrections that are very critical but not understood by most families and even new Staff—DOWN TIME. The need for down time can be the cause of a lot of misunderstanding and arguments among Officers and their spouses…” MORE


Shoe-eating and Other Oddities: By J.A. Brown

“He ate his shoes” was what my husband mumbled over and over one evening during his first couple of months on the job in the prison system. What sort of job had he found himself in and what sort of people would eat their shoes? Thus began his life as a corrections officer….” MORE


A Solid Partner: An Australian Point of View: By Anonymous

“I thought I would write an article similar to “the Old Screw” to tell what 20 years in Australian Corrections has done to me, my wife and family. She has been a solid partner. Unfortunately, I cannot say I have been the same to her or my children….” MORE


Emergency Preparedness for the Heart: By Anonymous

“Remember the day you got the call from the prison? You were hired! You felt such extreme relief and excitement! Your young wife shrieked with delight when you got off the phone. Let’s take the kids to Chucky Cheeses and celebrate…..” MORE


Flavor of the Month: By Anonymous

“How did my career in corrections destroy my home life? It happened in a flash. Really, it took almost no time at all. And to this day, I regret the price I paid for my naivety…..” MORE


Notes from the Home Front: By Anonymous

“Any outsider having regular contact with correctional staff picks up quickly on some peculiar habits of workers in this profession. For instance, you agree to meet at a restaurant and arrive to find them sequestered at a back table in a seat that strategically provides…..” MORE


To Talk or Not to Talk: By Caterina Spinaris © 2006

The following is a typical query we get from spouses of corrections staff: “I wonder what has happened to my husband since he has become a corrections officer. He used to be so easygoing. He’d laugh and joke and didn’t complain much. After five years in the system…..” MORE


Start Building Your Village NOW: By Cheryl Callahan

“Life with Jim Callahan (Cal) was complicated by the fact that he kept his feelings and emotions bottled up. Although buried deep within him, they ruled his everyday behavior. He could not communicate his hopes, fears, or anxieties. Some of his troubles came from the job. Some came from home. Everything was…..” MORE

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