i worked in a correctional facility my first yr out of school. i liked it but hated it all at the same time. here's some tips for you. this is the most important one if you don't remember anything else, DON'T FALL FOR ANY OF THE GARBAGE THAT THE INMATES WILL RUN ON YOU!!!!!! they're looking for that weak link to get what they need. if you don't have tough skin it's not the place for you. don't wear your heart on yor sleeve. going feeling sorry for the inmates is the quickest way to loose your license and end up in a cell in the same building. remember, although not everybody that's in there is guilty, 98% of them are, don't get mixed up. even if you're not the toughest thing walking this planet, when you go in there, act like you are. watch what you wear to work. i was properly educated not to wear clothes that are too tigh or form fitting or that is somewhat see-thru (whites) especially if you have on prints, because that inmates are watching you closer than you could possible imagine. don't wear stethoscope or i.d. around your neck because they can use it to choke you. and most importantly, if you're ever taken in a hostage situation, don't expect for the guards to come in and help you. i was told that if i'm ever taken hostage, i'd be better off committing suicide because prison officials don't negotiate and most of they inmates are "lifers" and know that the only way they're leaving is in a body bag, so they will do to you whatever they want. now that was the prison. the county jail, inmates knew they're boundries and the CO's always had your back as long as you had theirs. nothing illegal, don't get me wrong. but if they asked for something then you help them out. it also helped that sherriff worked there too, so needless to say, huge decrease in speeding tickets...lol! just remember this, go in, do your job, and go home to your family. don't make friends with any of the inmates. the inmates don't give a damn about you, and if you fall for it, you won't realize it until you've gotten yourself into a world of trouble.