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NCJ Number: 51933 Find in a Library
Title: SUPERVISION OF INMATES (FROM THE CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS TRAINING SERIES)
Author(s): T F LONERGRAM; P T MAHER
Corporate Author: Charles Cahill and Associates,
Inc
United States of America
Date Published: 1977
Sale Source: AIMS
9710 DeSota Avenue
Chatsworth, CA 91311-4409
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS DISCUSS PROBLEM INMATE BEHAVIOR, SUPERVISORY APPROACHES FOR OBTAINING DESIRABLE INMATE BEHAVIOR, AND THE OBJECTIVES OF DISCIPLINE. THE FILM IS INTENDED FOR CORRECTIONAL OFFICER TRAINEES.
Abstract: CORRECTIONAL SUPERVISION INVOLVES TECHNIQUES USED BY OFFICERS TO INDUCE INMATES TO ACHIEVE SPECIFIC OBJECTIVES AND TO BEHAVE IN A CERTAIN MANNER. THE OVERALL OBJECTIVE OF INMATE SUPERVISION IS TO DEVELOP ORDERLY AND CONTROLLED ENVIRONMENTS WITHIN CORRECTIONAL FACILITIES. INMATES OFTEN ENGAGE IN CON GAMES TO ESTABLISH A REPUTATION AMONG OTHER INMATES, CHALLENGE THE AUTHORITY THAT HAS PUT THEM BEHIND BARS, AND MAKE ESCAPE POSSIBLE. SUCH GAMES MAY INVOLVE ATTEMPTS TO BECOME FAMILIAR WITH OFFICERS, TO ACT AS INFORMANTS IN RETURN FOR FAVORS, AND TO OBTAIN MINOR FAVORS WHICH CAN BE USED TO BLACKMAIL OFFICERS TO OBTAIN FUTURE FAVORS. CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS SHOULD MAINTAIN OPEN LINES OF COMMUNICATION AMONG ALL SHIFTS, REFUSE TO DISCUSS THEIR PERSONAL LIVES WITH INMATES, BE ALERT TO THE BEHAVIOR PATTERNS OF INMATES, AND REFUSE TO DISCUSS OTHER INMATES OR STAFF. SUCCESSFUL OFFICERS UNDERSTAND THEIR DUTIES AND THE RULES OF THE INSTITUTION; THEY HAVE THE ABILITY TO COMMUNICATE CLEAR, CONCISE, AND DIRECT ORDERS, AND THEY MAINTAIN CONSISTENT TEMPERAMENTS. OFFICERS SHOULD RECOGNIZE INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES IN INMATES' TEMPERAMENTS AND ABILITIES AND ASSIGN JOBS TO INMATES ACCORDINGLY. THE GOAL OF CORRECTIONAL DISCIPLINE IS TO CORRECT IMPROPER INMATE BEHAVIOR AND MAKE IT ACCORD WITH INSTITUTIONAL GOALS. PUNISHMENT SHOULD BE USED FOR INFLUENCING INMATE ATTITUDES AND BEHAVIOR AS A LAST RESORT. POSITIVE AND NEGATIVE DISCIPLINARY APPROACHES ARE DISCUSSED.
Index Term(s): Audiovisual aids; Correctional officer training; Correctional personnel; Films; Inmate attitudes; Inmate discipline; Inmate staff relations; Supervision
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