Hey I was just wondering if all of the correctional officers in the USA carry a sidearm?

For those that do, do you really feel safer with it?

In my opinion holding a sidearm would only make it more dangerous to work in a correctional centre, since it is a closed environment.

Here in Canada, no provincial institution or remand centres have any form of lethal amunition. Only the federal system have guns and only in the towers.

FYI: I have about 6 weeks left in basic training before i start work at a muti level provincial correctional centre in Manitoba and the only "weapon" given to us is pepper spray.

----Marc