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Routledge Revivals: Guards Imprisoned (1989)
Correctional Officers at Work

ISBN 9781138220843
Published February 12, 2018 by Routledge
266 Pages

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Book Description

First published in 1989, Guards Imprisoned provides an in-depth look into the work and working life of prison guards as they perceive and experience it. The author, who was a teacher at Auburn Prison, New York, discovered that little was known about the guard’s perceptions of his "place" in the prison community and set out to explore the dynamics of this key correctional occupation from the perspective of those who do it. The raw data was provided by over 160 hours of interviews with guards and is presented in the order of a "natural history" — from their prerecruitment images of prison to the search for satisfaction as experienced guards. The book also includes a follow-up with the officers who were originally interviewed in 1976, assessing patterns of change and stability in their attitudes and behaviors.

The Auburn Correctional Facility (renamed from Auburn Prison in 1970) was the second state prison in New York, the site of the first execution by electric chair in 1890, and the namesake of the famed "Auburn System" replicated across the country, in which people worked in groups during the day, were housed in solitary confinement at night, and lived in total silence. The facility is celebrating the 200th anniversary of its groundbreaking in 2016.

Table of Contents

Foreword to 2016 Routledge Revival Edition
Preface to First Edition
Preface to Second Edition
1 Exploring the Work and Work World of Prison Guards: Perspectives and Processes
I. An Introduction to Prison Guards and Their Work
2 Becoming a Correction Officer: The Invisible Prison Becomes a Place to Work
3 The Men and Their Tasks
II. Prison Guards at Work
4 Guards and Inmates: Human and Helping Relationships
5 Guards and Inmates: Authority and the Management of Inmate Misbehavior
6 The Corruption of Authority Revisited
III. Guards React to Their Work
7 The Pressures of the Work and Ways of Coping
8 The Rewards of Being a Guard
IV. Guards in the Prison Community
9 Guards in the Prison Community
Appendix A
Appendix B
Appendix C: Background Data Sheet and Interview Guide
Appendix D: Tables
Appendix E

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