Title

Vulnerability and resilience in the criminal justice system

Document Type

Book Chapter

Publisher

Routledge

Faculty

Business and Law

School

School of Business and Law

RAS ID

20432

Comments

This chapter was originally published as: Barry, P., Pooley, J. A., & Omari, M. (2014). Vulnerability and resilience in the criminal justice system. In Working Within the Forensic Paradigm: Cross-discipline Approaches for Policy and Practice, 22, 194-207.

Abstract

Staff working within the criminal justice system are employed in a variety of roles to assist with all aspects of offender management, including policing, courts, prisons and community corrections. These staff face occupational challenges as a result of working with victims, offenders and their families, managing people's responses to the aftermath of crimes, and the continuing risk of harm that some offenders pose to the community. This chapter examines work in corrections service environments; challenges and risks faced by staff in offender rehabilitation roles; factors associated with staff vulnerability; and poses the question who is currently most vulnerable and at risk within corrective service environments, offenders or staff? Recommendations for support of staff are outlined, which may have implications for the range of staff employed within the corrections environment.

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