Free Corrections Officer Test

1. What should you do in the case of a prisoner who is unconscious and might be having a heart attack?

a. call for medical assistance and begin mouth to mouth
b. call for medical assistance, skip mouth to mouth and give chest compressions at 50 per minute
c. call for medical assistance , skip mouth to mouth, then give chest compressions at 100 per minute
d. inform your supervisor and do nothing until medical assistance arrives

2. An inmate is entitled to have his rights read to him in which of these situations?

a. when he is separated from other inmates and questioned about criminal activity
b. when an undercover officer is put in his cell posing as a fellow inmate
c. every time his cell is searched for contraband, even if his cellmate is the suspect
d. every morning at first head count

3. What is the purpose of a shadow board?

a. to keep track of officer assignments
b. to make preventing escape attempts easier
c. to make noticing missing tools easier
d. to keep track of the progress of union grievances

4. Many people believe that punishing criminals harshly has the effect of reducing crime because the fear of going to jail or prison keeps many people from committing crimes. Which word sums up this effect?

a. rehabilitation
b. deterrence
c. incarceration
d. recidivism

5. True or False: An inmate convicted of sexual crimes against children cannot be forced to attend treatment programs for pedophiles while his case is on appeal.

True          False

Answers & Explanations

1. a: You should request medical assistance and immediately begin mouth to mouth resuscitation. This is the general rule, but there could be times when you might have to ignore the rule if following it might endanger you or another officer, or other inmates.

2. a: You are not required to read an inmate his rights when you are carrying out the day to day activities of a correctional institution, such as head count, cell searches for contraband, etc. Nor are undercover officers posing as inmates required to reveal what they're up to. But if an inmate is separated from the rest of the inmate population and questioned about criminal activity, this is considered to be an interrogation, and he is entitled to a reading of his rights before it begins.

3. c: Tools can be used as weapons against officers or other inmates, and can be used to help facilitate an escape attempt. For this reason they're kept on wall boards with an outline of each tool drawn around its storage position. When a tool is missing, this makes it instantly obvious.

4. b: Rehabilitation is the process of helping inmates turn away from crime and make better choices. Incarceration is just another name for imprisonment. Recidivism refers to a person going back to jail or prison after being released because they return to a life of crime.

5. True: Treatment programs for pedophiles require the clients to admit that they are sexually attracted to children. So forcing an inmate to attend one while his case is still under appeal is seen as a violation of his rights. Once his appeals have been exhausted, he can then be forced to attend.


Last Updated: 07/05/2018

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