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NCJ Number: 122587 Find in a Library
Title: Correctional Officer Experience: Handling the Demands of Crowding (From State of Corrections: Proceedings of ACA Annual Conferences, 1989, P 13-18, 1990, Ann Dargis, ed. -- See NCJ-122583)
Author(s): D Taylor
Date Published: 1990
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America
Type: Program Description (Model)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: The corrections system in Dade County (Fla.) has made several changes in recent years to improve the quality and job satisfaction of line correctional officers.
Abstract: In 1974, the 400 correctional officers were mostly male and supervised about 1,000 inmates in 3 facilities. The corrections department now has more than 1,500 staff members supervising 5,000 inmates in 6 facilities. The corrections department has changed rapidly, but most employees have developed adaptive skills, work hard, and are flexible in responding to varying assignments and opportunities. However, some employees are performing at only an average level, and others have burned out. All correctional staff experience stress, and some use more acceptable coping techniques than others. In 1983 the department established an employee assistance program, which focuses on rehabilitating chemically dependent employees rather than discarding them. Other changes have included an attractive pay scale, the development of innovative programs like pretrial release to address prison overcrowding, a video court to televise initial court appearances, an in-house television system for educational and entertainment programs, and an extensive inmate educational and vocational training program. The department is also using the American Correctional Association Accreditation Plan and regards it as an important management tool and guide to the accomplishment of its goals.
Main Term(s): Correctional reform
Index Term(s): Correctional officer stress; Correctional personnel attitudes; Correctional staff development; Florida
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