A comparison of attrition and initial training cots in jails 2008-2013


The Bureau of Labor Statistics reported there are approximately 500,000 cirrections oifficers (COs) in the United States.  Employment has been increasing in the field 5% every year since 2008.  Many of these COs are employed in jails, which are locally operated and managed by sheriffs.

Although an essential component of the criminal justice system, COs are often not considered to hold the same rank or merit the same pay as other law enforcement personnel.  Unfortunately, this lack of status may result in negative morale, such as the perception of unfair treatment in terms of organizational justice.  To address this issue of parity, this article looks at the attrition and training costs of jails from 2008 to 2013.

While there is a great variation in the amount of money each organization has spent to train COs during these years, the totals that are shown in this article represent a wide range in the reported training costs per officer and the number of officers trained.  Given that COs are expected to respond to many dangerous situations during their work day, providing them with adequate training and recognizing their contributeions to the overall functioning of the criminal justice system are crucial steps in creating parity.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
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Magazine Article
Priest, Lorraine
Lawrence, Frederick
Smith, Donna
Bynum, Ray
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American Jails
American Jail Association
Date Published: 
Sunday, July 1, 2018
Place Published: 
Hagerstown, MD
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