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NCJ Number: 70889 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Guards' Attitudes Toward Components of the Criminal Justice System
Journal: Criminology  Volume:18  Issue:2  Dated:(August 1980)  Pages:227-236
Author(s): B M Crouch; G P Alpert
Date Published: 1980
Page Count: 10
Sponsoring Agency: Washington State University
Pullman, WA 99163
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article reports prison guards' attitudes toward police, lawyers and the law, and the judicial system and suggests what these attitudes may mean.
Abstract: Three Washington State prison units with security levels of minimum, medium, and maximum participated in the study, and 176 of their guards were interviewed. Analysis of the data showed that guards generally held the justice system and its personnel in high regard. Guards generally reported positive attitudes toward police and more moderate attitudes toward lawyers. Approximately 50 percent reported positive attitudes toward lawyers, while over 35 percent indicated mixed attitudes or ambivalence toward them. Guards reported more positive attitudes, however, toward law and the justice system than toward lawyers or even police. Although guards in the study might encounter situations which cause them to raise questions about judicial wisdom and other aspects of the system, their fundamental support of the system was strong. A note and 21 references are appended.
Index Term(s): Attitudes toward authority; Attorney competence; Correctional Officers; Police effectiveness; Washington
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