Leadership and Culture

Working on local time: Testing the job-demand-control-support model of stress with jail officers

Unreasonable workloads, perceptions of insufficient staff, role problems, less control or autonomy, a lack of support at work or home, and exposure to violence were associated with greater stress among jail officers. Jails with characteristics that threatened order and security—having more inmates per officer and greater levels of inmate violence—had higher levels of stress among officer workforces.


Strengthening Correctional Culture: Eight Ways Corrections Leaders Can Support Their Staff To Reduce Recidivism

Every organization struggles with change. Fostering a culture that supports change in a corrections organization can be particularly challenging. Staff require strong leadership, structure, and clear policies and practices that help them succeed at their jobs. When any one of those factors changes, it is not unusual to see reactions ranging from mild anxiety to rigid resistance.

Why we need transformational leadership and emotional intelligence in corrections

The National Institute of Corrections encourages transformational leadership, which is based on mentorship and accessibility

Strengthening Correctional Culture: Eight Ways Corrections Leaders Can Support Their Staff To Reduce Recidivism

Given that the primary goal of corrections is to manage offenders so that they will not reoffend, this guide outlines eight ways that corrections leaders can create a correctional culture that is effective in reducing recidivism.

“Best Practices” in Corrections: The Systems-Level Challenges to Implementing Evidence-Based Practices

The purpose of this article is to review systems-level factors that impact implementation of evidence-based practices (EBPs) in corrections which are often less understood in the research.

Changing the Culture of Corrections

By understanding the emotions of others and responding intelligently and rationally, we are better equipped to deescalate most situations.

Work–Family Conflict, Depression, and Burnout Among Jail Correctional Officers: A 1-Year Prospective Study

Correctional officers (COs) experience elevated rates of mental and physical ill-health as compared with other general industry and public safety occupations. The purpose of this study was to investigate demographic, mental health, job tenure, and work–family characteristics and their prospective association to burnout within and between jail officers during one year of new employment.

Assaults, suicides, abuse: The challenges of changing jail culture

“Inside Out” by Keri Blakinger is a partnership between NBC News and The Marshall Project, a nonprofit newsroom covering the U.S. criminal justice system. The column draws on Blakinger’s unique perspective as an investigative journalist and formerly incarcerated person.

Leadership (NIC Webinar Series)

Have you ever struggled to decide whether it is more important to support your people or your agency? On the one hand, you want to do the right thing to take care of those on the frontline, but you’ve also got to make sure that the work gets done. Most supervisors, managers, and executives have encountered this dilemma.
In fact, it’s a commonly mentioned concern in management training classes. In this webinar, Dr. Ed Sherman will discuss the balance between productivity and ensuring that employees have the assistance and resources that are necessary to function effectively. While sometimes considered as being in opposition to one another, these two needs can and should exist in a parallel, complimentary manner to produce the best possible outcomes, as will become evident during this training.


Resources from The National Jail Academy.