Title

Gender and Jail Work: Correctional Policy Implications of Perceptual Diversity in the Work Force

Abstract

Although women now represent a significant proportion of many (if not most) jail staffs, the degree to which their perceptions of corrections work differs from males' remains largely unexplored. In this paper, we compare female and male jail staff perceptions regarding the stress associated with work in jails, the job satisfaction to be derived from jail work, the job environment experienced in jails and the level of commitment to jail facilities across five jail settings. Our findings show important gender‐based similarities and differences that need to be understood to maximize the benefits of the work force diversity that women bring to the corrections profession.

Department(s)

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1541-1338.1993.tb00508.x

Publication Date

1993

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