I just read an interesting article that made me realize that it has been almost 3 years after I retired from Corrections and I am still alive. It is sad, but I know too often how this career can take it’s toll on one’s physical and mental health. According to this article written by Ralph Heibutzki the average life expectancy of a Correctional Officer is just 18 month after retirement. Not only am I alive, but I am thriving. Woo Hoo
Mortality Rates according to:
Correctional officers suffer the second highest mortality rate of any occupation, according to statistics posted by the Maine Department of Public Safety. Due to the job’s unrelenting physical and psychological stresses, the average correctional officer lives just 18 months after retirement. A study of retired correctional and law enforcement personnel in Florida also found similar disparities between both groups of officers and the general population. Overall, Florida residents enjoyed an average lifespan of 74.2 years, or 12 years longer than correctional and police officers.