Correctional Officers and Their Thoughts on Idaho's Prisons

Document Type

Student Presentation

Presentation Date

April 2016

Faculty Sponsor

Jacky O'Connor


Correctional Officers are the largest part of the prison workforce. They enforce the regulations governing the operation of a correctional institution, serving as both a supervisor and counselor of inmates. Following the model of Dr. Doran Larson’s American Prison Writing Archive, a digital site for sharing prisoner narratives, this project collected interviews from prison employees and created a website for disseminating them.Privatized prisons, prisons for profit, and prisons for job creation have fostered problems throughout these institutions. “The private contracting of prisoners for work fosters incentives to lock people up. Prisons depend on this income. Corporate stockholders who make money off prisoners’ work lobby for longer sentences, in order to expand their workforce. The system feeds itself,” says a study by the Progressive Labor Party (Paelaez). This study takes a look into those who work within the United States Northwest prisons. Primarily the research focuses on Correctional Officers, retired and actively employed, in Idaho. The Idaho Correctional Facilities have moved dramatically from violence as a tool for management to the more meaningful and safe campaigns for both inmate and officer safety, over the past thirty years.

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