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Correctional Officer’s Attitudes Toward Offenders

Correctional officers (COs), sometimes known as prison guards, are the security staff tasked with the care and custody of the prisoners who reside in prisons, jails, and correctional institutions. These prisoners include those who have been charged with a crime and are remanded to custody to await their trial and those who have been convicted of a crime and sentenced to a period of custody. COs might supervise all adult male, all adult female, or all juvenile offenders. A substantial proportion of the research on COs has been carried out on those who supervise sentenced adult male offenders, as they make up the majority of the prison population.

COs are responsible for maintaining the safety of prisoners, other COs, and facility staff; the physical correctional facility; ...

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