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NCJ Number: 237654 Find in a Library
Title: Influence of Parole Officers’ Attitudes on Supervision Practices
Journal: Justice Quarterly  Volume:28  Issue:6  Dated:December 2011  Pages:903-927
Author(s): Benjamin Steiner; Lawrence F. Travis III; Matthew D. Makarios; Taylor Brickley
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 25
Document: PDF
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study examined the relationship between parole officers' attitudes towards offender supervision and their supervision practices.
Abstract: The supervision of offenders conditionally released into communities is one of the primary functions of parole officers. Scholars have hypothesized that officers’ attitudes towards supervision may influence their job performance. Yet there are few studies which have examined the influence of parole officers’ attitudes on their actual supervision practices, and studies of the attitude–behavior relationship among other justice system actors have revealed mixed findings. This study involved an examination of the relationship between officers’ attitudes towards supervision and their supervisory responses to offender behavior. Findings revealed that officers’ attitudes influence their intended behaviors. However, results of the analyses of the potential relationship between officers’ attitudes and their actual behaviors were mixed. Officers’ attitudes had no effect on their rate of issuing community-based sanctions, but officers who held more authoritative attitudes were more likely to pursue revocation hearings for offender noncompliance. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Parole supervision
Index Term(s): Offenders; Probation officer attitudes; Probation or parole officers
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