Also Serving Time: Canada’s Provincial and Territorial Correctional Officers
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 prison experiences as well as that of those in custody and in managerial and administrative positions. Drawing on interviews with 100 correctional officers from a range of provincial prisons and with experience working in 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.
Also Serving Time unpacks how gender informs the actions and self-presentation of correctional officers and informs readers about the officers’ experiences when working with male and female adult prison populations. Ricciardelli confirms that tasks of daily living underpinned by pervasive risk potential shape prison work. Through the officer accounts presented, she provides an opportunity for readers to explore how punishment and ‘rehabilitation’, gender, and the hierarchical structure of prison management shape officers’ daily realities.
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- Page Count: 224 pages
- Dimensions: 6.0in x 0.6in x 9.0in
"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 and author of Behind the Walls: Inmates and Correctional Officers on the State of Canadian Prisons
Author InformationRosemary [Rose] Ricciardelli is a professor of Sociology, the Coordinator for Criminology, and Co-Coordinator for Police Studies at Memorial University of Newfoundland. She is an Associate Scientific Director of the Canadian Institute for Public Safety Research and Treatment (CIPSRT) and a Senior Research Fellow with Correctional Services Canada.
Table of contents
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 percent boredom, 1 percent 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?
Table 1: Typologies of Correctional Officer Orientation
Table 2: Average counts of adults in correctional services, by jurisdiction, 2014/2015
Table 3: Average counts of adults under correctional supervision, by type of supervision and jurisdiction, 2014/2015
Appendix A: Method
Appendix B: Snapshots of provincial and territorial prison facilities across Canada
Subjects and Courses