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Then and Now: Why Women are Integral to A Successful Corrections SystemGary York
The first certified female corrections officer in the state of Florida was Eva Lee Mitchell who started working in 1970. This was the year in Florida that women and minorities began to come into the agency in greater numbers. With the number of female inmates on the rise, Florida had the first correctional officer graduating class that included women in 1970. For Florida as well as many other states this was the beginning of history for women in uniform within the corrections field. It would prove to be a positive move. Woman did work with female inmates prior to 1970 but not in certified positions. In some states before women could attend the correctional academy they were called “Prison Matrons”, women who worked with female inmates... full story