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Correctional Officer Life Expectancy

Health Risks of Practicing Correctional Medicine

Hart,Dionne, MD, 2019

Correctional staff suffer high rates of posttraumatic stress disorder compared to military veterans, and the suicide rate among correctional officers is twice as high as that of both police officers and the general population and higher than that of all other professions combined. Correctional facilities’ physician employees are at risk of not only burnout but also other adverse mental health effects related to working in a correctional facility. Prison reform efforts should address the needs of both inmates and clinical staff.;

The Prison Experience for Corrections Staff

The Vera Institute of Justice, 2018

The people who work inside prisons are largely responsible for the environment that is created behind the walls. Although corrections staff may not dictate standards and policies, they must interpret them and put them into practice. This takes its own toll. Corrections officers, who work inside these facilities for 40 or more hours per week over the course of 20 or more years are also subject to the restrictive nature of prison and the negative effects that has on mental health.;

Prevalence of Trauma-related Health Conditions in Correctional Officers: A Profile of Michigan Corrections Organization Members

Denhof, Michael D., and Caterina G. Spinaris, 2016

A formal research inquiry was performed into the prevalence of various health status conditions among Michigan Corrections Organization members, primarily white male Corrections Officers, working in prison environments. The relationship between magnitude of exposure to work-related events involving violence, injury and death (VID), and several health conditions was examined.

Improving Correctional Officer Wellness Through a Multifaceted Approach

Office of Justice Programs , Diagnostic Center, 2015

Seven staff fatalities including three suicides in just three years (2010-2012). For professionals who operate correction facilities, stress can be a significant issue with fatal consequences. The Middlesex Sheriff’s Office (MSO) had 45 staff fatalities over the past 30 years. Twenty-four percent of these deaths were suicide. MSO believes the other deaths are tied to stress and wellness related health issues such as heart attack, stroke, diabetes and high blood pressure. 

Document ID: 030026

Correctional Officer Wellness and Safety Literature Review

Brower, Jaime, 2013

Moreover, data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics indicate that, from 1999 to 2008, there were 113 occupational fatalities among civilian COs; a fatality rate of 2.7 per 100,000 full time employees. Of these deaths, 40 percent were intentional fatalities, meaning not accidents or suicides. 

Document ID:  028104

Occupational Injuries Among U.S. Correctional Officers, 1999-2008

Konda, Srinivas, Audrey A. Reichard, and Hope M. Tiesman, 2012

This study describes fatal and nonfatal occupational injuries among U.S. correctional officers.

Florida Mortality Study: Florida Law Enforcement and Corrections Officers Compared to Florida General Population

Florida State Lodge, 2011

On average, law enforcement and correctional officers died 12 years earlier than the general population. In other words, law enforcement and corrections officers lived 62.4 years compared to 74.2 years for the general population.

Document ID: 025403

Rhode Island Corrections Union President David Mellon Says Correctional Officers' Life Expectancy is 58 Years

Emery, C. Eugene Jr., 2011

A lower life expectancy seems plausible, but age 58 seemed extraordinarily low when a 35-year-old male is predicted to live to age 77. We decided to track down the truth. It turned out to be as easy as handcuffing a ghost.

NIC Suicide in Corrections Project Page

The resources provided will help give an overview of the problems surrounding correctional suicides and the ways one can implement strategies to turn around the alarming upward trajectory of suicide rates.