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Title: Working in Jails and Prisons: Becoming Part of the Team
Author(s): D J Bayse
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 95
Sponsoring Agency: American Correctional Assoc
Alexandria, VA 22314
National Institute of Justice/
Rockville, MD 20849
Publication Number: ISBN 1-56991-021-9
Sale Source: American Correctional Assoc
206 N. Washington St., Suite 200
Alexandria, VA 22314
United States of America

National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: People who work in correctional facilities are like players on a team; the players include correctional officers, administrative and management personnel, support staff, professional specialists, probation and parole officers, and volunteers.
Abstract: The team has many players, but all should be working toward the same goal of offender rehabilitation. Further, a team approach is especially critical in overcrowded prisons and jails where many inmates may accept attitudes, values, and behaviors of hardened inmates and become career criminals. Effective correctional staff can help stop this process by being positive role models for inmates. Staff can prove to inmates that the whole world is not self-centered and that inmates deserve concern and respect. The author attempts to help correctional staff become team players by addressing crime and punishment, correctional trends, the criminal personality, effects of imprisonment, inmate characteristics, and the ability of inmates to change. He explores effective ways of working with inmates, based on a team approach, that involve standard operating procedures, rules, dealing with self-centered inmates, inmate resistance, and the use of education to produce change. A glossary of prison slang is included. 90 references
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Correctional personnel; Corrections effectiveness; Inmate characteristics; Jail management; Prison management; Prison overcrowding; Rehabilitation
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