Corrections officers are the lifeblood of our American jail and
prison systems. Unfortunately, for many COs, mental wellness has hit a
For example, in 2016, Massachusetts Department of
Corrections data identified a higher-than-usual trend in suicide among
staff. In the previous five years, 20 COs had died by suicide.
seeking answers from local sociologists, the department realized that
the corrections system largely focused on data and statistics related to
incarcerated people. Therefore, CO mental wellbeing and officers’
personal experiences were being overlooked.