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The work and culture of prison officers


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Johnson, LEK 2007 , 'The work and culture of prison officers', Coursework Master thesis, University of Tasmania.

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This thesis seeks to provide an understanding of the contemporary role of the custodial officer, and contains information from the 'front line' supported ethnographically and through literature. By examining their perspectives of the prison, the relationships within it, and their place in the justice system, we will see that they are a group of workers of whom the community and their own administration, expects a great deal. Having completed academic studies and worked as a practitioner, I would argue that there is a division between the two. What is researched and written is not necessarily what is. It has been challenging to find literature that truly reflects
Included is the significance of practical and therapeutic aspects of recruitment and training, and the formation the 'human service' model of operation in recent times. Also of importance are the ethical and moral dilemmas that have the potential to destroy careers and even result in criminal convictions.
The working environment and its relationship to the successful performance of custodial staff is also significant, and will be discussed through the relationships they have with inmates, administrators and other workers.

Item Type: Thesis - Coursework Master
Authors/Creators:Johnson, LEK
Keywords: Prison wardens, Prison administration, Correctional personnel, Prisons
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Available for use in the Library and copying in accordance with the Copyright Act 1968, as amended. Thesis (MCrimCorr)--University of Tasmania, 2009. Includes bibliographical references. Introduction -- Expectations and recruitment -- Education and training -- Change vs culture -- Ethical dilemmas -- Hazardous work -- Collaboration -- Recommendations and conclusion

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