Hi, I have been in corrections for about 9 years now, in a private camp(3 years) and now in a state camp (6 years) The first orientation that I went to a LT. told us that if you practice these 3 rules you will not get caught up in the games inmates play.
1. Never give an inmate anything, not even the time of day.
2. There is no such thing as a good inmate, they are in prison for a reason.
3. Always be fair, firm and consistent. If you are going to do something special for one inmate then be prepared to do for the other 1500 or 3000 other inmates. If you are not willing to do this don't do it for one inmate.
Be courteous and 9 out of 10 times the inmates will be courteous.