27 Prison Guards Confess The Most Disturbing Thing They’ve Dealt With

As keepers of the peace in the world’s scariest penitentiaries, prison guards have to deal with the worst of the worst of humanity. Gang violence, sh*t EVERYWHERE, and the ever-present threat of pain and death are just a few things to worry about on any given day.

It takes a lot of guts to put your safety and sanity on the line for work, so it makes sense that not a lot of people would be up for the task. But for those who rise to the occasion, they’ll find themselves up to their elbows in shanks and assaults and lots (and lots) of bodily fluids.

So the next time you can’t stand your boss or that annoying coworker who won’t shut up about his chocolate lab, just remember that prison guards have to be surrounded by child molesters and murderers all day. Yeah, no thank you.

These 27 prison guards have seen some of the most disturbing, disgusting, and shocking things while on the job:


“Psych patient, after being placed in an observation cell, pulls a razor out of his anus and proceeds to go to town on his genitals.”


“Worst by far was a seg inmate slipping his cuffs, removing an officers bean slot bar (big chunk of iron with a prong on the end we use to open slots in the cell doors to pass trays through/handcuff inmates) and beat him to death with it. Was one of the first responders. I quit shortly after this one.”


“Former prison guard. I had to escort a new prisoner to medical. I had no idea why until we got to medical. He had bandages all over both legs and he walked stiff-legged (couldn’t bend his legs). When he sat down, the nurse started removing bandages to expose rotted, abscessed flesh. He was a heroin addict and was injecting in his legs. His legs were so swollen and gangrenous that the smell almost put me down. When he tried to bend his right leg, the skin split and infection oozed all over the floor. The doctor looked at me and immediately called for another guard to come to the room. I asked what was wrong and she said, “You’re going into shock, I need you to leave before you pass out.”


“I knew a prison guard at Winson Green in Birmingham and he said the most disturbing thing about Fred West was how jovial he was. The officers kept forgetting and laughing at his jokes and stuff and then thinking, ‘Erm, this guy sexually tortured his own daughter and buried her in concrete.'”

Written by Laura McNairy

Laura is a freelance writer for TFLN. She likes to write about what she knows best — dating, sex, and being awkward, but usually in the opposite order. She is the Assistant Editor and videographer for Peach Fuzz, a sex-positive nudie magazine in ATX.