Correction officers’ leadership styles and an inmate motivation for jail-based treatment

The general problem is that correctional staff may influence in unknown ways the efforts for inmates to rehabilitate.  The specific problem is that not knowing the effects of the correctional officers’ leadership styles’ influence on inmates, prison leaders neglect an opportunity to maximize the substance abuse program's positive recovery on those afflicted with addiction and so prevent recidivism.


This qualitative case study included face-to-face interviews with five former inmates who participated in a substance abuse treatment program while incarcerated at a county jail in


Southwest Florida between the years 2002-2007.  To maintain ethical standards the participants of the case study were former inmates who were out of the judicial system, off probation, or parole for a period of 5-10 years.  The interviews with the five former inmates who participate in a 6 month substance abuse program at a county jail in Southwest Florida took place at an outpatient substance abuse facility in Southwest Florida.

This publication has been peer reviewed.
Publication Type: 
Journal Article
Tammy J. Clevenger & Linda Atkinson
Year of Publication: 
Journal, Book, Magazine or Other Publication Title: 
Journal of Organizational Learning and Leadership
Date Published: 
Monday, December 1, 2014

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