posted this on June 11, 2010 09:57 AM
Last Updated November 2013
What is the life expectancy of a career Correctional Officer?
We receive this question frequently; however, it is not an easy statistic to locate. Here is the response we have provided to similar requests.....
We never could pin this down as coming from an NIC publication, even though Wikipedia says it did. There was an old study done in 1982 by F. Cheek around stress that documented age 59 as average life span, and that line was probably quoted in either an NIC publication or at a conference panel in 2008, but it is hard to pin it down. There doesn't seem to be much in terms of more current research.
Testimony by witness William Hepner at Prison Commission hearings: