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Prison officers should be treated fairly”. perceptions and experiences of fairness among prison officers in Ghana

Akoensi, Thomas D (2023) Prison officers should be treated fairly”. perceptions and experiences of fairness among prison officers in Ghana. In: Arnold, Helen and Maycock, Matthew and Ricciardelli, Rosemary, eds. Prison Officers: International Perspectives on Prison Work. Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology (PSIPP) . Palgrave Macmillan, pp. 271-297. ISBN 978-3-031-41060-4. E-ISBN 978-3-031-41061-1. (doi:10.1007/978-3-031-41061-1_11) (Access to this publication is currently restricted. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:104305)

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Aristotle argued that we can learn about justice by examining its opposite: injustice. As he posited, “[o]ften one of a pair of contrary states is recognized from the other contrary” (1999: 67). In this chapter, I capture the perception and experiences of fairness among prison officers in Ghana. Officers experienced feelings of injustice mainly through management practices such as the allocation of promotions, educational and career development opportunities, transfers, participation in UN Peacekeeping missions, and punishment for wrongdoing. The data from semi-structured interviews further shows that while distributive and procedural injustice appears important to prison officers, distributive injustice is often the lens through which officers assessed procedural injustice. I argue further that prison officers are markedly similar to prisoners in their demand for voice, respect, and equality in the allocation of organisational incentives and disincentives.

Item Type: Book section
DOI/Identification number: 10.1007/978-3-031-41061-1_11
Uncontrolled keywords: prison and power; authority in prison; correctional officer; penal systems; prison culture; prison officer wellbeing; prison governance; identity in prison; occupational culture; injustice in prison; human rights; prison policy
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Divisions > Division for the Study of Law, Society and Social Justice > School of Social Policy, Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Thomas Akoensi
Date Deposited: 15 Dec 2023 12:27 UTC
Last Modified: 10 Jan 2024 10:38 UTC
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