Building on the police science one-year certificate, the associate of applied science in corrections coursework provides an intense focus on criminal law, corrections techniques, American government, mental health and counseling and first aid.
Correctional officers are charged with overseeing individuals who have been arrested, are awaiting trial or other hearing, or who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to serve time in a corrections facility. They maintain and observe inmate behavior to prevent disturbances and escapes.
Many correctional officers work in small county and municipal jails or as deputy sheriffs or police officers with wide-ranging responsibilities. Others are assigned to large state and federal prisons where job duties are more specialized. Regardless of the setting, correctional officers maintain order within the institution, enforce rules and regulations and may supplement whatever counseling inmates receive from psychologists, social workers or other mental health professionals.
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