I have been seeing a trend lately that really worries me. This trend seems to come from naive people, mostly new C/Os as well as many case managers. So what is the trend? Trust. Too much trust.
We work in a prison. The guys aren't here for being upstanding citizens. Some made some minor mistakes but most have made a life out of crime. Many are deadly and usually the most deadly are the ones that come across as innocent because they are so great at manipulation. They manipulate you to get information and even contraband at times. They seem so sweet but underneath they are rotten to the very core. It's tough to tell which ones are rotten at times. You MUST keep your guard up at all times.
What makes this worse is not only are you endangering yourself, but others. I have seen many C/Os and case managers release personal information to inmates about other C/Os that could easily get them killed, or even their families. Why? Why in the world do you find a need to release personal information about other people to dangerous inmates? Are you trying to be friends with them? If so, you are working in the wrong place.
You chose to work in a prison. That means you are choosing a dangerous life, but no need to make it more dangerous for those you work with. Don't release information you don't need to. DO NOT put the lives of your co-workers on the line because you are lonely and want to feel liked by these guys. If you are that desperate, you need to find a new career before you get someone killed.