They should be controlling, but not too controlling; caring, but not too caring. That’s how one corrections official describes the fine line that prison officers must walk in their dealings with inmates.
Veer too far in one direction and you end up with the horrors of Don Dale. Go too heavy on the “caring” and you end up with what is known in corrections parlance as an “inappropriate relationship”, or even a pregnant prisoner.
We still know little about the circumstances around the pregnancy of an inmate at Bandyup Women’s Prison, beyond the fact an officer has been suspended while an investigation continues.
We don’t know if it was too much “caring” by the officer, or an abuse of power, or both, or something else entirely. He apparently denies wrongdoing.
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Source Credits: Sophie Morris in The West Australian