Walters, Stephen Books

Dr. Stephen Walters is Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. He received his Ph.D. from the University of Montana. His prior research has appeared in numerous criminal justice journals.

Correctional Officers in America
2006 0-7734-5717-8
This study examines the social science research which describes the occupational environment of correctional officers. Abandoning common popular misconceptions of “prison guards”, the authors analyze who correctional officers are, how they are trained, and the common problems that they share while maintaining security in America’s prisons. This study examines the role of prisons in society today, how that role has changed over time, and how correctional officers have been required to change as well. Not only is the formal structure of prisons explored, but a wide-ranging discussion of the interpersonal problems encountered by correctional officers is presented, including their interaction with inmates, the psychological problems that may result from this interaction, and the manner in which correctional officers adapt to these pressures. Rather than a monolithic stereotypical group, correctional officers are shown to be an increasingly diverse group of trained professionals, sharing many commonalities, yet also differing in many significant ways.