Techniques of Neutralization in the Prison Context: Theory of Attitude Suspension Among Correctional Officers

Deanna L. Diamond, Sam Houston State University

ABSTRACT
Although the use of excessive force by correctional officers is a serious issue within the present system, little research has been conducted in this area, particularly outside the context of agency policy or administrative discipline. A limited body of research, however, does explore the factors contributing to such violence. Utilizing these sources, this paper will outline a theory relating Sykes and Matza's five techniques of neutralization to the use of excessive force by correctional officers. It will also outline a research model with which to test the application of this theory to the behavior and issues discussed.

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