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Must be Friday: Yet another female prison guard busted for supplying male inmate with sex

February 20, 2015

My latest blog post for the Independent Women’s Forum:

Jailhouse rock: extra job satisfaction for female guards
The usual chin-pulling explanation for these all-too-regular jailhouse shenanigans is that  state and local governments don’t have the right screening techniques in place—or pay enough in salaries—to weed out lady guards with “self-esteem” issues:

“‘I believe that a lot of times the females that engage in this type of ethical suicide have major issues going on with themselves before they are even hired,’ Tamara, a former corrections officer who has moved into prison administration at a Midwestern facility, tells VICE. ‘A lot of them are single mothers who are looking to fill a void in their lives, whether it be not having a spouse, or a father figure on the outside.’

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‘I hate to say it, but a lot of correctional officers, male and female, have low self- esteem,’ Tamara says, which can lead to them befriending or starting relationships with inmates.”

I think there’s a simpler explanation for what goes wrong: Putting female guards into male prisons in the first place.

Posted by Charlotte Allen

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One Comment
  1. They’ll argue that employment law prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex, but in cases like this, sex is (or should be) a bona fide occupational qualification — something for which the relevant law provides an exception.

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