Around the country, 159 law enforcement officers have been killed. That’s an 11% increase from last year. But as Florida’s 89.1, WUFT-FM’s Rodriguez reports, some sheriff’s deputies continue to take the risk, even if it means they may never come back home.[audio:http://www.wuft.org/media/audio/JannyRodriguezFinalProjectDec2011.mp3]
Difficult experiences as a Florida correctional officer are driving serious problems in the state’s prisons: Florida can’t hire enough guards, can’t keep employed the guards it hires, copes with frequent cases of guards accused of abusing inmates and struggles to accommodate the emotional trauma that guards sometimes say they suffer behind bars.