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What is Prison Psychology?
Prison psychology relates to the application of psychology within a correctional setting. Writing in his article "Ethical Concerns Within the Practice of Correctional Psychology", Michael Decaire notes that "The correctional psychologist’s primary mission is to assist in offender rehabilitation and reintegration. Additionally, the psychologist enhances staff and inmate safety by promoting a healthy institutional environment."
To help inform and demonstrate how this operates in practice, Marisa Mauro, Psy.D., a clinical psychologist at the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation has written an excellent article on her work as a Psychologist in Prison, which you can access by Clicking Here
Prison Psychology Career Information
Click Here to learn about career opportunites for clinical psychologists within Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Click Here for career information relating to psychology services within the Federal Bureau of Prisons.
Click Here for information on working as a forensic psychologist within HM Prison Service.
Click Here for detailed prison psychology job information provided by "Prospects", the UK's official graduate careers website.
Free Prison Psychology e-Book
Inmate Behavior Management: The Key to a Safe and Secure Jail by Virginia Hutchinson, Kristin Keller & Thomas Reid
Inmate Behavior Management: The Key to a Safe and Secure Jail presents six key elements that, in combination, will help jails reduce a wide array of negative, destructive, and dangerous inmate behavior. Jails that fully implement these elements should experience a safer, more secure, and more orderly environment. Once such an environment is established, jail practitioners will have an excellent foundation on which to build an array of inmate programs and services or to develop innovative approaches to operations, if they so choose.
This material was originally published as chapter 9 in the National Institute of Corrections’ Resource Guide for Jail Administrators. We have chosen to publish it also as a separate document for use in training programs and for broader dissemination among jail practitioners and others interested in this topic. We hope it will serve as an introduction to the basic elements in managing inmate behavior and encourage jail practitioners to explore these further.
(Morris L. Thigpen, Director, National Institute of Corrections)
Click Here to access and read Inmate Behavior Management: The Key to a Safe and Secure Jail.
The International Association for Correctional and Forensic Psychology (IACFP)
The IACFP is an organization of behavioral scientists and practitioners who are concerned with the delivery of high-quality mental health services to criminal offenders, and with promoting and disseminating research on the etiology, assessment and treatment of criminal behavior.
A Handbook for Correctional Psychologists: Guidance for the Prison Practitioner by Kevin. M. Correia
Correctional psychology is an area of specialization that has recently enjoyed explosive growth along with the burgeoning United States prison population and the renewed interest in providing correctional rehabilitation programs that reduce inmate recidivism. This completely revised and updated second edition continues to provide an overview of empirical findings and practices in the field. The text focuses specifically on the psychologist’s role within a correctional setting and clarifies the differences in working with inmates and correctional staff from populations more commonly encountered by those working in the field of psychology.
It summarizes the state of current relevant research and offers practical advice and examples for successfully transitioning into this environment. Topics covered include: trends in correctional psychology; unique aspects of the correctional work environment; the many roles and opportunities of the correctional psychologist; establishing successful relationships with staff and inmates; assessing malingering through the use of interviewing or psychometric evaluation; and contemplating a career in correctional psychology. Written for students and professionals, this book integrates the physical and psychological dangers that are inherent, the stress management principles, and the importance of maintaining supportive outside relationships and activities that will assist the correctional psychologist in overcoming any problems. This book is an excellent way of exposing graduate students to the applied aspects of psychology and/or criminal justice at the graduate level.
This special Kindle collection consists primarily of the landmark articles written by members of the Behavioral Science Units, National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime, at the FBI Academy. These seminal publications in the history of FBI profiling were released by the U.S. Department of Justice as part of the information on serial killers provided by the FBI's Training Division.