Most COs at Male Prison are Female
The ratio is 80% female guards and 20% male guards. This came about because most guys in Arkansas don't want to work for the prison system or because they have felonies on their record they can't work for the prison system. The majority of the female guards that are being hired since I've been here are 19 to 30 years old; mostly 19-24 though. Single mothers with 2 or more kids at home. Who also see this as one of the best things that happened in their life besides welfare. Some of them have either their mother, father, uncle or auntie who also work for ADC's prison system. Also the guys they do hire are fresh out of high school. Here being a correctional officer at East Arkansas Regional Unit seems like every employee is either friends, family or husband and wife.