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Prison should lead to more than a return visit

Niyi, 2020 cohort

Prison should lead to more than a return visit

A Day in the Life Back to top

There is no such thing as a typical day for a prison officer.

The regime provides a structure, but you could be working on the wing, inducting new arrivals, escorting a prisoner to court, or doing security checks. Read on for an example of 24 hours as an Unlocked Graduate.

  1. Start time: 07:00


  2. Start time: 07:30

    Team meeting

  3. Start time: 08:00


  4. Start time: 10:00

    Out to work

  5. Start time: 13:30

    Gather intel

  6. Start time: 15:00


  7. Start time: 16:00


  8. Start time: 20:30


#Want to know more? This video gives more insights into the typical day for a prison officer.


#Prison officers are uniquely positioned to identify challenges in the lives of prisoners and across the prison system as a whole.

Check out just a few examples of how Unlocked participants are making a real difference by coming up with innovative solutions in their day to day:



#Think you might be up for the challenge?

More than anything else, being a prison officer means having to quickly assess new situations and weigh up different options. Our interactive test below gives you the opportunity to try some real-life scenarios from the landings.