Correctional employees have an extraordinarily stressful job. Every day they put their lives on the line to protect the public. The stress of working alongside convicted felons takes its toll:
- Correctional officers have one of the highest rates of non-fatal on-the-job injuries.
- Suicide rates among corrections employees is 39% higher than any other occupation.
- The average life expectancy of a corrections officer is 58 years old.
In contract negotiations, Washington State has refused to acknowledge the uniquely stressful and dangerous nature of corrections’ work. Correctional employees are treated like employees of any other state agency.