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The Prison Officer - Alison Liebling

Paperback Published: 16th December 2010
ISBN: 9781843922698
Number Of Pages: 239

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This book is a thoroughly updated version of the popular first edition of The Prison Officer. It incorporates the significant increase in knowledge about the work of prison officer since the first edition was published and provides a live account of prison work and ways of understanding the role of the prison officer in the late-modern context.

Few detailed narratives exist of prison work and the sort of role the prison officer occupies; this book addresses the gap. Using a range of quantitative and qualitative data and drawing on available theoretical literature it explores the role of the prison officer in an 'appreciative' way, taking into account the little-discussed issues of power and discretion.

It provides a single accessible guide to the world and work of the prison officer, looking in detail at the present role of the prison officer in Britain and demonstrating the centrality of staff-prisoner relationships to every operation carried out by officers.

This book will be of relevance to anyone with an interest in the work of a prison officer; students and others looking for an introductory survey of the literature and essential reading for any established and aspiring officers.

Industry Reviews

Comments on the first edition 'The most important book for the prison service of the past 30 years.' -- Phil Wheatley, Director General of the Prison Service 'This outstanding book will be a constant source of reference.' -- Martin Narey, Former Director General of the Prison Service

List of figures and tablesp. ix
List of abbreviationsp. xi
Preface to the second editionp. xiii
Forewordp. xv
Introduction: prison officers at their bestp. 1
Introductionp. 1
From the modern to the late-modern officerp. 3
The rationale for the bookp. 5
Introducing appreciative inquiryp. 6
Notesp. 12
Who is the prison officer?p. 14
How many prison officers are there?p. 15
Female prison officersp. 16
Ethnic origin of prison officersp. 18
Age of prison officersp. 19
Recruitment turnover rates and length of service of prison officersp. 20
Employment conditions: pay and hoursp. 22
Staffing levels and prisoner: officer ratiosp. 29
Prison officer viewsp. 32
Conclusionp. 39
Notesp. 40
Understanding prison officers and their rolep. 42
A typical day for a prison officerp. 46
Role model prison officersp. 48
Role model officers at Whitemoor prisonp. 51
Wing differences and adjudicationsp. 57
Conclusionp. 60
Notesp. 61
The complexities of the rolep. 63
Prison officers: stress and assaultp. 63
Assaultsp. 67
The role of female staff in male prisonsp. 72
Exploring diversity: role differences in England and abroadp. 76
The role of personal officersp. 77
Conclusion: the role of the modern prison officerp. 78
Notesp. 81
Staff-prisoner relationships: the heart of prison workp. 83
Striving for 'right relationships'p. 87
Officer and prisoner views of each otherp. 95
The significance of staff-prisoner relationships What did prisoners consider important in relationships with officers?p. 104
The importance of fairnessp. 105
The granting and receiving of respectp. 108
Boundaries, relationships and corruptionp. 111
Limits to relationshipsp. 114
The overuse of powerp. 115
Conclusionp. 119
Notesp. 119
The centrality of discretion in the work of prison officersp. 121
Prison officers and the 'defects of total power'p. 126
Gresham Sykes and the late-modern prison officerp. 128
The 'un-exercise' of powerp. 131
The power base of prison officersp. 134
Police discretionp. 136
Prison officers and prison rulesp. 137
Prison officers and the use of discretionp. 140
Prison work as peacemakingp. 146
Daily penal practices and the trained application of reasonp. 147
Notesp. 180
prison officer culture and unionisationp. 153
Introductionp. 153
Studies of police culturep. 155
Culture and the effects of prison workp. 158
Prison officer culturep. 160
The value of prison workp. 165
prison officer unionisationp. 169
The Origins of the Prison Officers' Associationp. 171
The Role of the Modern Prison Officer'p. 174
Recent developmentsp. 176
Conclusionsp. 181
Notesp. 183
The prison officer in a modern bureaucracyp. 185
Introductionp. 185
The structure of the Prison Service in 2010p. 186
Management change in the Prison Servicep. 189
The move to modernisation and Managerialismp. 190
The Lygo Report and Next Stepsp. 193
Officers' thinking about managementp. 196
Thinking theoretically about managerialismp. 199
What are the implications of managerialism for the prison officer?p. 199
Notesp. 202
Conclusionsp. 204
Conclusion: the prison officer in the twenty-first centuryp. 206
Notesp. 209
Appendix: The Prison Staff Quality of Life Surveyp. 210
Referencesp. 218
Indexp. 230
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ISBN: 9781843922698
ISBN-10: 184392269X
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 239
Published: 16th December 2010
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 24.13 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.45
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: New edition

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