By: Ashley Del Toro
Rosie Hayles is a 41-year-old Miami-Dade correctional officer who watches over prisoners and is responsible for their safety and security. She was born in Boca Raton but moved to Miami at a young age. Her love for Miami is bog. The tropical sunny weather, sandy beaches and towering palm trees is one of the great reasons why she loves it there. “I love Miami even though it can get extremely crowded. She lives happily with her two sons and husband who is an event and theme park designer. He plans out the form and look of big events and places such as amusement parks or hotel in the Caribbean islands. Hayles claims there’s long nights at both her and her husband’s job. Sometimes he leaves for about two or three days to travel to an island to starts on his next project. Because of the challenging, they switch turns to take care of their kids back at home: the both of her children being 17 years old.
Her job as a correction officer isn’t so easy. it takes time and dedication. When she first started, she was given thick books that she had to study from. It was filled with vocabulary and specific rules to follow.
“Not just the prisoners get rules, we get them too.” Hayles said. You have to be able to know how to handle things in certain situations.
Disciplinary is also very important. When asked how do they behave she replied with saying with, “It definitely gets wild in there.” Hayles explain a story about a prisoner stabbing another convict. It was clueless on how he was able to get his hands on such a potential weapon. The person did not die but did get injuries. She didn’t know if it had something to do with them fighting of if he was just crazy. Hayles went on saying lots of incidents go down in there and some are so big, it will always be there in head as a memory.
No one else in her family is a correctional or has any assortment with the police department. Hayles felt very determined to become an officer and did it mostly on her own. Her family wanted her to be in the medical field. “I think every parent tries upon their child even if it’s just joking,” she laughs. But as a correctional officer, much to experience while being there. She says you are able to experience how life is on the unlawful side and learn how different it is for many people. You can learn how people act out in situatons of consequence. They can either change them self for the better or do nothing and become stuck on the inside as a prisoner of bad habits. Some people stay for 5, 6 years or even for life.
She is to always keeps emotions to herself. There is absolutely no personal relationship with the inmates. Their job is to enforce rules and regulations. Hayles is tough to deal with and takes her job very seriously. When she goes in that’s all she thinks about; work mode and nothing else. Being strong is key to being the perfect correctional officer.