How the Federal Bureau of Prisons Treats Female Correctional Officers

Hazing, Humiliation, Terror: Working While Female in Federal Prison: (“Makeup, earrings and perfume are off limits. So are smiles. * * * Even the swing of a ponytail can attract unwanted attention, so women slick their hair back into a style known as the ‘bureau bun’—as in the Federal Bureau of Prisons. * * * They wear oversized uniforms to hide the faint outlines of their undergarments, or cover themselves from neck to thigh with baggy black windbreakers known as ‘trash bags,’ even on hot summer days on the concrete yards. * * * For women who work in federal prisons, where they are vastly outnumbered by male colleagues and male inmates, concealing every trace of their femininity is both necessary and, ultimately, futile. ‘They never even see what you are wearing,’ said Octavia Brown, a supervisor in Victorville, Calif., of the inmates she oversees. ‘They see straight through it.'”

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