The good prison officer: inside perspectives

Andi Brierley (Editor)

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This book offers a solution-focused and strengths-based guide to becoming an effective Prison Officer. Written and developed by a collection of ex-prisoners who are all now professionals, practitioners and educators in the criminal justice field, the book draws on lived experience and the diverse literature on prisons and penal policy to explore good and bad examples of professional practice.

The book is informed by the belief that those with direct experiences of custody and incarceration offer a vital perspective on the efficacy of penal practice. While these voices are often accessed through research, it is rare they are sought to lead the conversation. This book seeks to reset this balance. Drawing on themes such as discretion, respect, relationships, and legitimacy, it offers recommendations for best practice in developing a rehabilitative culture in prison.

This book will be of interest to practitioners, researchers, and educators alike. It is essential reading for all those engaged with prisons, punishment, penal practice, desistance, and rehabilitation.
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages158
ISBN (Electronic)9781003349747
ISBN (Print)9781032394404, 9781032394398
Publication statusAccepted/In press - Nov 2022


  • Prisoners
  • Prison Officer
  • desistance
  • lived experience
  • inclusion
  • Rehabilitation
  • Punishment
  • Criminology


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