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Prison officer self-legitimacy and support for offender rehabilitation in Ghana

Akoensi, Thomas D, Tankebe, Justice (2019) Prison officer self-legitimacy and support for offender rehabilitation in Ghana. In: Annual Meeting of the European Society of Criminology, 18-21 Sept 2019, Ghent, Belgium. (Unpublished) (The full text of this publication is not currently available from this repository. You may be able to access a copy if URLs are provided) (KAR id:77883)

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Abstract

Legitimacy refers to the moral recognition of power and the legitimacy of prisons and power relations within them remain a central topic for prison researchers. However the prison legitimacy literature tends to focus on the views of prisoners. Research on prison officer self-legitimacy - that is the belief by powerholders that the authority vested in them is morally right – remains scanty. Drawing on data from a survey of prison officers in Ghana this study investigated the examine the correlates of prison officer selflegitimacy and links between self-legitimacy and support for rehabilitation of offenders. Results of multivariate analyses show that relations with colleagues and treatment by supervisors were the key correlates of self-legitimacy. Self-legitimacy in turn was found to shape officers’ support for rehabilitation of offenders. Finally perceived supervisory fairness and positive relations with prisoners were associated with increased support for rehabilitation. The implications are discussed.

Item Type: Conference or workshop item (Paper)
Subjects: H Social Sciences
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research
Depositing User: Thomas Akoensi
Date Deposited: 26 Oct 2019 02:59 UTC
Last Modified: 28 Oct 2019 16:09 UTC
Resource URI: https://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/77883 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
Akoensi, Thomas D: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-5072-2576
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