Also Serving Time: Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Correctional Officers
Published: November 2019© 2019
Imprint: University of Toronto Press
Page Count: 224 Pages
Illustrations: 3 b&w tables
Dimensions: 6.00 x 9.00
224 Pages, 6.00 x 9.00 in, 3 b&w tables
Ebook - PDF
Also Serving Time informs readers about the realities of provincial and territorial prison work in Canada. Exploring the nuances of the job, Rosemary Ricciardelli shows how officer orientations and attitudes toward prisoners are interconnected and foundational in shaping their own experiences as well as those of managerial and administrative staff and prisoners themselves. Drawing on interviews with one hundred correctional officers with experience in a range of provincial and territorial prisons, Ricciardelli provides theoretical and applied explorations of officer orientations, interpretations, and risk propensity to show how perceptions, attitudes, and beliefs – both at the individual and structural levels – shape prison practices.
Detailing officers' experiences working with male and female adult prison populations, Also Serving Time unpacks how gender informs the actions and self-presentation of correctional officers. Ricciardelli confirms that tasks of daily living underpinned by pervasive risk potential shape prison work. Through the officer accounts presented, the book provides an opportunity for readers to explore how punishment and "rehabilitation," gender, and the hierarchical structure of prison management together shape officers’ daily realities.
Introduction: Provincial and Territorial Prisons in Canada
1. Setting the Stage
2. Pathways: Who Are Correctional Officers and How Did They Get There?
3. “99 Per Cent Boredom, 1 Per Cent Sheer Terror”
4. The Female Correctional Officer
5. The Male Correctional Officer
6. Policing on the Inside: Foregrounding Occupational Risk
7. Correctional Officers as Occupational Edgeworkers?
Appendix A: Methodology
Appendix B: Snapshots of Provincial and Territorial Prison Facilities across Canada
Appendix C: Average Counts of Adults in Correctional Services
"Rosemary Ricciardelli has written a must-read book for anyone interested in institutional corrections, including policymakers, scholars, correctional administrators, and correctional staff. As an occupation, corrections requires working with individuals who have been accused or convicted of a criminal offense and who are being held against their will. Working in a prison or jail can be a trying experience, but it is also a noble and important profession. Researching correctional staff is critical because of the cost of corrections and the impact that staff have on the correctional environment. This book adds immensely to the literature."Eric Lambert, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Nevada, Reno
"Rosemary Ricciardelli has painted an important picture of the contemporary correctional officer and the challenges that they face. Her interview findings provide her readers a rare glimpse into provincial facilities, where most prisoners in Canada are housed but where little research has been done. Trying to understand prisons by just studying prisoners is a serious flaw in work by most academics; more research is needed concerning correctional officers. Ricciardelli helps fill a significant deficiency in the literature by writing this most important book."Michael Weinrath, Department of Criminal Justice, University of Winnipeg