While correctional officers work to maintain order within facilities, they routinely put themselves in harm's way.
Research has shown that correctional officers experience high stress levels, burnout, and a variety of other mental health-related consequences as a result of their job. Additionally, physical threats are an ongoing challenge for correctional officers.
The Office of Justice Programs is working to provide critical safety information and resources to corrections personnel through various programs and efforts. Access the Correctional Resources Special Feature to access resources from OJP and other federal agencies.
- Upcoming Webinar
- Critical Stress in Corrections: Mitigating the Damage
- May 18, 2020 | 1 p.m. ET
Publications and Resources
- Experts Identify Priority Needs for Addressing Correctional Agency Security Threats
- This article details a National Institute of Justice working group that focused on recognizing and countering potential security hazards and vulnerabilities in correctional facilities.
- Patrick Leahy Bulletproof Vest Partnership (BVP)
- The BVP Program is designed to provide a critical resource to state and local law enforcement officers, which includes any officer, agent, or employee of a state, unit of local government, or an Indian tribe authorized by law or by a government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, or investigation of any violation of criminal law, or authorized by law to supervise sentenced criminal offenders.