Cameras in corrections : Exploring the views of correctional officers on the introduction of body-worn cameras in prisons

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Dodd, Shannon, Antrobus, Emma and Sydes, Michelle. (2020). Cameras in corrections : Exploring the views of correctional officers on the introduction of body-worn cameras in prisons. Criminal Justice and Behavior. 47(9), pp. 1190-1208. https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854820942288
AuthorsDodd, Shannon, Antrobus, Emma and Sydes, Michelle
Abstract

In this article, we present the findings of a mixed-methods study of correctional officers’ views on the introduction of body-worn cameras (BWCs) within prisons. Using a statewide survey and in-depth interviews with correctional officers in Queensland, Australia, this study explored officer support for BWCs and the relationship between officer support and several key variables. We found widespread support for the use of BWCs among correctional officers. Female officers and those who held more positive views about the perceived functionality of BWCs and the implementation and training process were most supportive. However, the introduction of BWCs also raises some important considerations for prison management that may impact officer support, including whether to allow officers to access BWC footage for report writing or officer training. Consideration must also be made regarding turn-on policies for BWCs given concerns that more frequent recording has the potential to damage rapport with incarcerated individuals.

Keywordsbody-worn cameras; prison; correctional officers; technology
Year2020
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Journal citation47 (9), pp. 1190-1208
PublisherSAGE Publications
ISSN0093-8548
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1177/0093854820942288
Scopus EID2-s2.0-85089177935
Research or scholarlyResearch
Page range1190-1208
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Online06 Aug 2020
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Deposited02 Aug 2022
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