A Correctional Officer – My Journey

I love being a Correctional Officer

Matthew 25: 36 (NIV)
I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.

Luke 5:31 (NIV)
Jesus answered them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.

I remember when I was fresh out of the academy there was a female officer who was having a pretty bad day. She asked me if I liked being a Correctional Officer (CO), and I responded with I love it! Her facial expression was priceless, and after I finished laughing, I proceeded to encourage her. I know that being a Correctional Officer is not for everyone, and that is okay, but I Kisha Scott love what I do.

My Brief History as A Correctional Officer:

In the year 2001, I was a correctional officer at Wackenhut Prison, a private unit (prison) in Kyle Texas. my career only lasted for approximately one year. Many years afterwards, I secretly wanted to become a correctional officer again. I didn’t talk about it much, but I could not stop think about it. The profession of corrections was seeded deeply in my heart.

Then it Happened:

After my mother passed away in 2014, I was homeless, but I was determined not to return to Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. My cousin opened up her doors to me, an allowed me to sleep on her sofa for approximately six months. During this six months period, I spent a lot of valuable time in the presence of God. During our time together He stripped me of all my personal preferences, and ideas of what I thought I wanted to do with my life. I finally reached the place where I didn’t care what I did, or where I ended up, as long as God was with me. There wasn’t any doubts that I was going to be okay. A few days later I ran into a neighbor who was wearing a Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) uniform and he gave me information on how to apply for TDCJ. A few weeks later I was a cadet at the TDCJ academy.  FYI – This was God giving me the desires of my heart, as He promised me in (Psalm 37:4).

The TDCJ Mission Statement:

The Mission of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice is to provide public safety, promote positive change in offender behavior, reintegrate offenders into society, and assist victims of crime. – I cannot explain the excitement I felt when I first read this Mission Statement. My heart literally leaped with joy. I have a deep desire to help the TDCJ’s agency reach their mission in the spirit of excellence. It is truly an honor.

The First Day on the Job:

I remember sitting in the parking lot preparing to enter into my assigned unit (prison) at the Dolph Briscoe Unit in Dilley TX for the first time, and I heard the Spirit of the Lord  clearly say to me “Stay in my Light” (Matthew 5:14). As I stated earlier, I love being a correctional officer, and I believe this love has been imparted into to my heart by God’s grace. Therefore, I knew He would lead me. I must admit prison is a dark place, and it has been a challenging process for me to carry out God’s commission to stay in His light, but He has proven to me over, and over again that his word is true… “With God, all things are possible (Matthew 19:26), and how He will never leave me nor forsake me” (Deuteronomy 31:6). I stand on the promises of God daily.

Stay tuned for my testimony about promoting to a Sergeant of Correctional Officers.

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