Inspired by the “Ask the guy who used to frequent hookers!” thread, I thought I would offer to satisfy the curious with regard to prisons.
I spent three years as a correction officer (the PC term for a guard) at a state penitentiary. My mother was an officer at the same prison for ten years. I come from a family of guards, since in my hometown there is a state pen, a federal pen, a military prison, a county jail, and a privately managed facility (that is somewhat of a mystery to me). Yep, that’s Leavenworth.
Prisons are a small world-within-a-world. Most people’s ideas of prison are formed strictly from movies. This is good for movie-makers since they can get away shaping the picture any way they need to.
The Green Mile had the guards carrying firearms so that at the end of the film one of them could shoot the bad guy and himself. In reality, guards never carry guns inside the prison. Sometimes a guard is by himself in charge of 40 prisoners. How easy it would be for them to take a gun away from you!
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