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Preventing Fatal Attractions: Lessons Learned From Inmate Boundary Violators in a Southern Penitentiary System

NCJ Number
Criminal Justice Studies Volume: 23 Issue: 4 Dated: December 2010 Pages: 347-360
Robert M. Worley; Richard Tewksbury; Durant Frantzen
Date Published
December 2010
14 pages
This article examines the inappropriate relationships between correctional officers and inmates.
Correctional officers are trained to establish a professional distance between themselves and the inmates they are paid to supervise. Nevertheless, some officers allow themselves to be compromised by inmates who are adept at manipulating prison staff. This study employs face-to-face interviews with 32 inmate boundary violators in order to examine inappropriate relationships from the offender point-of-view. The authors are specifically interested in understanding the consequences of boundary violations between correctional employees and inmates, and more importantly, how these relationships can be prevented. (Published Abstract)