Letter Re: Prison Jobs: Consider Them Reliable Income and Training for Bad Times

Dear Editor:
With people constantly being laid off and unemployment money becoming more scarce you should look into your states dept of corrections.

I’ve been working in a state prison going on three years, and I can tell you the things you learn can help you post-TEOTWAWKI. You will get basic firearms training, self defense and first aid. Keep in mind that its very basic but its better than nothing.

What you learn on the job is the valuable stuff, over time when dealing with inmates you learn to read body language and can even learn to subtlety alter ones mood to avoid unwanted confrontations or to give you the second extra you need to get the upper hand in a fight. This can not be taught at school or at any self defense classes. You also start to learn how to pick up on the mood of a population by analyzing things you hear and see, without anyone knowing what your picking up.

Over time your senses become more aware of the little things as inside the prison your life often is in constant jeopardy. You can tell when your being watched or followed and can turn the tables on your adversary. Again these skills can be applied everywhere you go in life.

The pay is decent. (Not great, but decent.) The big boon is healthcare is paid for, in my state your entire family is covered, medical dental and vision. That’s a substantial chunk of change not coming out of your pocket.

In these hard times working for a state prison is a safe job choice as I’ve seen several private prisons go under, but the state prisons will not close for a very long time. Maybe not till its past time to bug out. So you’ll have income until you have to leave for your Bug Out Location.

If you can learn to deal with the inmates inside a known hostile environment then you stand a better chance in dealing with people post hell on earth. The things I’ve learned thus far have been priceless and I know I could never learn them else where.

With everything you do learn something and put it in your tool bag you might need it at a later date. – Jeff in Southwest Oklahoma