An excellent question and answer article that gets into prison employees and their link to veterans when it comes to PTSD. They are most definitely a group that often times gets forgotten for what they do and what they go through each and every day. Given the environment that they work in, their hours that they work, and the lack of support they get, this doesn’t surprise me at all.
Being in the military, I really only have to deal with the assholes of this world while on deployment, prison employees (along with the police) have to deal with them day in and day out. I tip my hat to you all and thank you so much for what you do.
With sweltering units, remote locations, and low pay, prisons in the Lone Star State have long struggled with high officer turnover and vacancy rates. But, based on findings from one study in Washington, there could be another factor impacting officer retention in corrections: PTSD. A study published recently in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine found that PTSD is as prevalent among prison guards as it is among Iraq and Afghanistan veterans, and more prevalent than it is among police officers.