A Comparison of Jail Inmate and Staff Correctional Goal Orientations: Results from Across the Line
Previous research on correctional goal orientations has focused on the attitudes of the public, correctional administrators, and correctional staﬀ. Only a few studies have examined inmate attitudes. This research addresses the question: Do jail inmates and staﬀ have similar beliefs about the goals of corrections? Findings from a sample drawn from a single rural mountain state jail indicate that jail staﬀ rank incapacitation as the primary goal of corrections, while inmates rank rehabilitation as most important. Results from two multinomial logistic regression models were mixed. The inmate model indicated that race is signiﬁcantly associated with a rehabilitative goal orientation. Additionally, for inmates, gender and education inﬂuence a non-retributive goal orientation. The staﬀ model did not reach statistical signiﬁcance. These ﬁndings lend some support to further empirical studies that address problems associated with correctional operations and organizational culture in a way that incorporates an inmate perspective.
Collins, Peter A.; Iannacchione, Brian; Hudson, Marianne; Stohr, Mary K.; and Hemmens, Craig. (2013). "A Comparison of Jail Inmate and Staff Correctional Goal Orientations: Results from Across the Line". Journal of Crime and Justice, 36(1), 100-115.