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The Prison Officer


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Table of Contents

1. Introduction: Prison Officers at Their Best 2. Who is the Prison Officer? 3. Understanding Prison Officers and Their Role 4. The Complexities of Role 5. Staff-Prisoner Relationships: The Heart of Prison Work 6. The Centrality of Discretion in the Work of Prison Officers 7. Prison Officer Culture and Unionisation 8. The Prison Officer in a Modern Bureaucracy 9. Conclusions

About the Author

Alison Liebling is Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice at the University of Cambridge and Director of the Prisons Research Centre; David Price worked as a research assistant and co-author on the first edition and now works in IT; Guy Shefer is a research assistant at the Institute of Psychiatry, London.


Comments on the first edition 'The most important book for the prison service of the past 30 years.' -- Phil Wheatley, Director General of the Prison Service 'This outstanding book will be a constant source of reference.' -- Martin Narey, Former Director General of the Prison Service

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