Title

Service V. Security Focus in Training Assessments: Testing Gender Differences Among Contemporary Women's Jail Correctional Officers

Abstract

As jails have moved to professionalize their staffs the role of the correctional officer has become broader in scope and now encompasses both service and security functions. However, some research suggests that female correctional staff may have more of a “service” orientation than males. In our analysis of one dataset from exclusively women's jail facilities we investigate correctional officer preferences for training (service v. security) to see if they differ by gender. We find that both male and female correctional officers generally rank service type training over security and that they differ little in their overall assessment of initial training provided and usefulness of in-service training. We also find that minority officers may be more likely to value service training than their nonminority counterparts.

Department(s)

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1300/j012v09n01_04

Publication Date

1997

Journal Title

Women & Criminal Justice 9

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