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NCJ Number: 155677 Find in a Library
Title: Stressing the Value of Targeted Recruitment in Corrections
Journal: Corrections Today  Volume:57  Issue:3  Dated:(June 1995)  Pages:96-99
Author(s): T Johnson
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 4
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: As the inmate population increases its minority population, hiring a diverse correctional staff, including people of color, can enhance communication between staff and inmates, add to the cultural awareness of staff, decrease racial tension, provide positive role models, and enhance a department's public image.
Abstract: Nevertheless, administrators proposing targeted recruitment based on color will have to address some staff concerns: that minority staff would tend to identify with inmates based on race, that hiring staff of color could increase interstaff conflict, that unqualified applicants will be attracted to the job, and that targeted recruitment is unpopular with majority staff members. Some ways to approach targeted recruitment include identifying sources of the targeted group, communicating with the group through job fairs and advertisements, and developing an effective message explaining the value of a career in corrections. After hiring staff of color, corrections officials can help retrain good employees by forming a cultural diversity committee to help staff members, creating a mentoring program, and initiating cross-training programs. 4 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections personnel selection; Minority recruitment; Personnel retention
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