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NCJ Number: 118728 Find in a Library
Title: Guards Imprisoned: Correctional Officers at Work
Author(s): L X Lombardo
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 250
Sponsoring Agency: Anderson Publishing Co
Cincinnati, OH 45202
Publication Number: ISBN 0-932930-79-4
Sale Source: Anderson Publishing Co
Publicity Director
2035 Reading Road
Cincinnati, OH 45202
United States of America
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study updates an earlier study of the working life of prison guards at the Auburn Prison in New York State.
Abstract: This study follows the careers and impressions of the officers whose experiences and insights in 1976 provided the material for the first edition. The 1986 interviews involved 17 of the officers interviewed for the 1976 study. A description of the changes that occurred for the officers and the institution from 1977 through 1986 provides a contextual backdrop for interpreting the material added to each chapter of the original edition. Chapters pertaining to prison guards at work examine human service and helping relationships, the correction officer's experience with his authority, and the perspective on guard-inmate relationships presented by Sykes in "The Society of Captives." Chapters on how the guards react to their work address the pressures of the work and ways of coping as well as the rewards of being a guard. Overall, the interviews indicate that officers act as well as react, manipulate their environment as much as they are manipulated by others, define their own tasks as much as their work is defined by their formal job descriptions, and experience and cope with stress and derive rewards from their work in ways far more complex and varied than the traditional view of the correctional officer as a product of an anti-inmate occupational subculture. 131-item bibliography, 19 tables.
Main Term(s): Correctional Officers
Index Term(s): Correctional officer training; Correctional personnel attitudes; New York; Work attitudes
Note: Second edition.
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