Human connections: Using self-reflection to gain insights for improving relationships and reducing recidivism
Correctional workers have a responsibility to model positive behaviors for inmates in their charge. The more positive roles correctional workers take in the education, rehabilitation and reentry efforts of the inmate population, the safer our prisons will be for staff and inmates, with the added benefit of lowering recidivism rates. A key component of this strategy is to encourage staff to develop a human connection and a degree of empathy for the inmates in our care. This can be done while maintaining professional boundaries. I discovered using reflective writing is a beneficial strategy for learning empathy and for personal growth. It is also a valuable tool to establish a positive culture within the prison walls for staff and inmates alike.