skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 65675 Find in a Library
Title: GUARD: SOCIETY'S PROFESSIONAL PRISONER
Author(s): R J WICKS
Corporate Author: Gulf Publishing Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 144
Sponsoring Agency: Gulf Publishing Co
Houston, TX 77001
Sale Source: Gulf Publishing Co
Box 2608
Houston, TX 77001
United States of America
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: CORRECTION OFFICERS ARE SEEN AS A GROUP OF SUFFERING CAPTIVES LIVING ALONGSIDE THE INMATES WHOM THEY ARE SUPPOSED TO GUIDE ON A DAILY BASIS.
Abstract: THE CORRECTION OFFICER (CO) USUALLY IS THE PERSON AVAILABLE FOR CONTACT WITH THE PRISONER 24 HOURS PER DAY, 7 DAYS PER WEEK, BUT THE CO IS PUT INTO A FAILURE-PRONE, BRUTAL, AND DEHUMANIZING SYSTEM. RECRUITMENT PROGRAMS SEEM MORE INTERESTED IN PHYSICAL ABILITIES THEN OVERALL TALENTS; AND SCREENING PROGRAMS GIVE THE IMPRESSION THAT ALMOST ANYBODY CAN BECOME A CO. TRAINING PROGRAMS ARE NEITHER SUFFICIENTLY BALANCED NOR HELPFUL, AND ONCE TRAINING IS OVER, THE CO IS ASSIGNED TO THE POSITIONS OF (1) PRESSURE COOKER, (2) ISOLATION, AND (3) WATCHFUL KILLER. SUPERVISORS STIFLE CREATIVITY AND INITIATIVE, INMATES ENCOURAGE INTERSTAFF RIVALRY, AND THE MEDIA CONTINUE TO EMPHASIZE THE CO'S KEEPER-SECURITY ROLE AND TO FURNISH AMBIGUOUS MESSAGES. SO WIDESPREAD IS THE VICTIMIZATION OF THE CO, THAT SOME INSIGHT MAY BE GAINED BY GIVING CREDENCE TO THE POSSIBILITY THAT THE CO IS A VICTIM OF AN UNCONSCIOUS SCAPEGOATING BY SOCIETY. DEVELOPING THIS THEORY, CHAPTERS COVER THE RECRUITMENT, SCREENING, AND EDUCATION OF CO'S, AND DISCUSS ROLES, PRESSURES, AND ATTITUDES. STAFF RIVALRY AND THE ROLE OF THE UNION ARE OUTLINED, AND THE IMPACT OF THE MEDIA AND OF MINORITY RECRUITMENT IS DISCUSSED. AN AFTERWORD ON POSSIBLE PROGRESS IS ATTACHED AS WELL AS A BIBLIOGRAPHY, INDEX, AND APPENDIXES COVERING CO RECRUITMENT, SAMPLE MATERIALS, CORRECTIONS, THE POLICE, AND COURTS.
Index Term(s): Correctional Officers; Correctional personnel; Correctional planning; Correctional reform; Corrections effectiveness; Corrections internal security; Corrections management; Employer attitudes; Job pressure; Labor relations; Public administration; Recruitment; Vocational training; Work attitudes
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=65675

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.