A quantitative research study was conducted to determine the effect of cell phones on correctional officers performing their duties. The aim of the study was to gather quantitative data from correctional officers within three state prisons in southern Georgia concerning cell phones in prison, perception of dangers they pose, and limitations they place on officers’ ability to perform their job duties. A 5-question survey was developed and piloted with 25 correctional officers not involved in the study and not assigned to the facilities selected in order to ensure validity of the results. The population for this study consisted of correctional officers, sergeants, and lieutenants employed at three state prisons in southern Georgia.
The results identify the specific danger faced by correctional officers who catch offenders with cell phones. The results indicated that 76.52% of officers surveyed strongly agreed that cell phones increase the possibility of inmate-staff-assaults, 94.2% of staff agreed that cell phones impact their ability to perform their job and 26.8 % of staff agreed that inmate-staff-assaults occur more frequently than reported as a result of recovering a cell phone. A descriptive analysis showed that the 23.19 % of staff surveyed reported that the discovery of cell phones in inmates’ possession affected their specific job duties of conducting count and maintaining security of the facility. Descriptive analysis further indicated that 73.33% of staff surveyed feared being assaulted by an offender, and 12.17% feared being killed by an offender over a cell phone issue.
|School:||University of Phoenix|
|School Location:||United States -- Arizona|
|Source:||DAI-A 76/08(E), Dissertation Abstracts International|
|Keywords:||Cellphones, Contraband, Corrections, Prison|
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