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Letter: Don't call them 'jail guards'

Prisoners are exposed to more violence than people

Prisoners are exposed to more violence than people anywhere else in the country. Why don't we care? Photo Credit: Michael E. Ach

I am insulted by the description of correction officers in "City workers union eyes 10% raises" [News, July 3]. The story refers to contracts for several high-profile unions, including those representing "jail guards."

I worked for the city Department of Correction for 30 years; I was initially employed as a correction officer -- that's the civil service title, not "jail guard" -- and I retired as a warden. This is a profession, and one of the hardest in the city.

Nothing against the police department, but uniformed and civilian staff working in the city jails may deal with more criminals in a day than police officers during their entire careers. Many of them have told me that they would never work my job.

Stephen Stein, Franklin Square
 

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