This first became public in 2008, when a website called The Smoking Gun exposed Rick Ross' past as a corrections officer in South Florida. Rick Ross initially denied this for years, but he later admitted it.
During a 2012 interview with Rolling Stone, Rick Ross revealed that he had worked as a corrections officer in the 1990s at the South Florida Reception Center saying; “He was the one who was like, ‘Yo, go get a job somewhere, man. Go be a fireman. Or go be a fucking corrections officer. Just go sit down somewhere.'“
Rick Ross also rapped about it on Rich is Gangsta rapping: “That's why I had to play my part, nigga / That wasn't me, it was just a job, nigga.”