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NCJ Number: 63331 Find in a Library
Title: PRISON OFFICER'S VIEW OF PRISON PSYCHOLOGISTS - AUSTRALIA
Author(s): I A KNIGHT
Corporate Author: Western Australia Dept of Corrections
Australia
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Western Australia Dept of Corrections
Perth, Western, Australia 6000
Sale Source: Western Australia Dept of Corrections
1004 Hay Street
Perth,
Australia
Language: English
Country: Australia
Annotation: AN AUSTRALIAN CORRECTIONAL OFFICER CRITICIZES THE PSYCHOLOGISTS' PRESENCE IN CORRECTIONAL INSTITUTIONS, NOTING COMPLAINTS AND MISUNDERSTANDINGS FROM THE CUSTODIAN'S POINT OF VIEW.
Abstract: THE RECENT INTRODUCTION OF STAFF PSYCHOLOGISTS IN AUSTRALIAN PRISONS HAS CAUSED TENSION AND RESENTMENT BETWEEN THE TWO PROFESSIONAL CORRECTIONS GROUPS, THE 'OFFICERS' AND THE 'ACADEMICS.' THIS REPORT ATTEMPTS TO SUMMARIZE THE REASONS WHY OFFICERS DISTRUST THE ACADEMICS AND QUESTION THE NECESSITY OF THEIR PRESENCE. THE OFFICERS' WORK HAS BEEN MADE MORE DIFFICULT BY THE PRESENCE OF PSYCHOLOGISTS WHO BREACH SECURITY REGULATIONS, CRITICIZE SECURITY STAFF, SUPPORT THE INMATES' POSITION, AND DO NOT DISPLAY ABSOLUTE ALLEGIANCE TO THE SYSTEM AND ITS REGULATIONS. SUGGESTIONS FOR IMPROVED CONDITIONS FOR PRISONERS OFTEN MEAN THE OPPOSITE FOR THEIR GUARDS. BECAUSE OFFICERS HAVE OBSERVED THAT INMATES' VIOLENT BEHAVIOR FREQUENTLY FOLLOWS A SESSION WITH THE PSYCHOLOGIST, THEY ASK TO BE FOREWARNED SHOULD THE PSYCHOLOGIST SUSPECT TROUBLE. THE PSYCHOLOGISTS APPEAR NAIVE TO GUARDS WHO OFTEN OBSERVE PRISONER ATTEMPTS TO DECEIVE THEIR COUNSELORS. CONVERSELY, INMATES ARE MISLED BY THEIR PSYCHOLOGISTS AND OFTEN GIVE FALSE HOPE OF RELEASE. GUARDS RESENT THE NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL CRITERIA USED TO SELECT AND EVALUATE THEM. SECURITY PERSONNEL VIEW THE PSYCHOLOGICAL STAFF AS COMPETITION FOR ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS AND THE LIMITED FINANCIAL RESOURCES OF THE SYSTEM. SCEPTICISM EXISTS ABOUT THE VAGUENESS OF THE PSYCHOLOGISTS' WORK; ITS TERMINOLOGY AND GOALS ARE ILL DEFINED AND ITS ACHIEVEMENTS DIFFICULT TO RECOGNIZE. BECAUSE CONTINUED COOPERATION AND INFORMATION EXCHANGE BETWEEN THE TWO PROFESSIONAL CORRECTIONS GROUPS IS IMPERATIVE, PSYCHOLOGISTS HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY TO PROVE THAT THEY PERFORM A NECESSARY, JUSTIFIABLE FUNCTION WITHIN THE PRISON SETTING. NO REFERENCES ARE INCLUDED. (MRK)
Index Term(s): Attitudes; Australia; Correctional institutions (adult); Correctional Officers; Correctional personnel; Corrections management; Custody vs treatment conflict; Psychologists; Resentment
Note: NO 12 IN THE DEPARTMENT'S RESEARCH AND INFORMATION SERIES PRESENTED TO AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CRIMINOLOGY SEMINAR ON PSYCHOLOGISTS IN THE CRIMINAL JUSTICE SYSTEM, UBOROLOO, WESTERN AUSTRALIA, JULY 12-16, 1976
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