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NCJ Number: 64198 Find in a Library
Title: FISH SCREW IN THE CANADIAN PENITENTIARY SERVICE
Journal: QUEEN'S LAW JOURNAL  Volume:3  Issue:3  Dated:(SUMMER 1977)  Pages:424-449
Author(s): T C WILLETT
Corporate Author: Queens University at Kingston
Law Students Soc
Canada
Date Published: 1977
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Queens University at Kingston
Kingston, Ontario K7L 3N6, Canada
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: RESULTS ARE REPORTED FROM A STUDY OF THE SELECTION, TRAINING, AND EARLY JOB EXPERIENCE OF A GROUP OF CANADIAN CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS.
Abstract: THE RESEARCHERS JOINED ONE COMPLETE INTAKE OF 20 MALE CORRECTIONAL OFFICERS WHO UNDERWENT TRAINING. INTERVIEWS WERE CONDUCTED WITH THE MEN DURING TRAINING REGARDING THEIR MOTIVATIONS IN SEEKING THE JOB, THEIR REACTIONS TO THE TRAINING PROCESS, AND THEIR FIRST DAYS ON THE JOB. THE GROUP RANGED IN AGE FROM 20 TO 33. FOURTEEN OF THE GROUP HAD UNDERGONE EDUCATION SINCE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL, THREE WERE UNIVERSITY GRADUATES, MOST DID UNSKILLED AND SEMI-SKILLED MANUAL WORK, AND HAD BEEN ATTRACTED BY THE REGULARITY OF THE WAGES AND THE SECURITY OF CIVIL SERVICE. THE STUDY REVEALED THAT SELECTION, TRAINING, AND ACTUAL JOB OPERATIONS WERE IN MANY CASES OPPOSED TO ONE ANOTHER. TRAINING EMPHASIZED THE SERVICE AND REHABILITATIVE ASPECTS OF THE CORRECTIONAL OFFICER'S WORK, BUT SELECTION AND JOB CONDITIONING EMPHASIZED SECURITY. TRAINEES WHO WERE GEARED TO APPROACH THE JOB TO HELP INMATES WERE CRITICIZED BY SENIOR OFFICERS FOR CONVERSING WITH INMATES. THE AUTHOR SUGGESTS A REALISTIC INTEGRATION OF JOB EXPECTATIONS AND TRAINING IS NEEDED. A BALANCE BETWEEN REHABILITATIVE AND SECURITY ROLES SHOULD ALSO BE DEVELOPED. THIS MIGHT BEST BE DONE IN AN ACTUAL PRISON ENVIRONMENT, WHERE TRAINEES COULD UNIFY THEORY AND PRACTICE. A BIBLIOGRAPHY IS PROVIDED. (RCB)
Index Term(s): Canada; Correctional Officers; Foreign correctional training; Performance requirements; Studies; Work attitudes
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