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NCJ Number: 170849 Find in a Library
Title: Sexual Harassment in Women's Jails
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:14  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1998)  Pages:135-155
Author(s): M K Stohr; G L Mays; A C Beck; T Kelley
Date Published: 1998
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Corrections
Washington, DC 20534
Grant Number: 92J01GHP5
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examines the incidence of sexual harassment in seven women's jails.
Abstract: Research indicates and theory predicts that the incidence level of sexual harassment is particularly high in work environments that are traditionally and predominantly male, descriptors that are applicable to most criminal justice work. Thus, this study of sexual harassment incidence in seven women's jails, where the number and status of women workers is generally higher, found a predictably lower level of sexual harassment than might be expected in similarly situated men's facilities. In general, reported experiences with sexual harassment were fairly recent, which should sound a cautionary note for correctional managers who may be considering a de-emphasis on sexual harassment training, policy, and modeling. These data indicate that continued (and in some cases intensified) managerial attention to sexual harassment, even in women's jails, would be prudent. In addition, the findings suggest that gender is the most important variable in predicting support for affirmative action in these unique jails. Tables, notes, references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Correctional officer stress; Corrections occupational stress; Employee grievances; Female victims; Gender issues; Jail staff training; Prison management; Sexual harassment; Women's correctional institutions
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