Interview with Michael Smith
QUESTION 30
TERRY ROCKEFELLER:

Tell me about who became a guard, who chose to become a guard and why.

MICHAEL SMITH:

Correction officers that I met were primarily from rural backgrounds. They had been brought up in the country and the inmate population was increasingly more Black and were from urban areas and there was difficulty in both communication with each other primarily because of two reasons. They were from completely different backgrounds which neither could understand and also a lack of intent or a want to try to communicate with each other.