Motivation of Becoming Corrections Officers in South Korea

Seokjin Jeong, Michigan State University
Byongook Moon, Michigan State University

Corrections officers play crucial roles in correctional institutions. They create, maintai, and influence the prison environment and have significant insight into the problems of prisons of inmates through their daily contact with inmates. Therefore, it is important to recruit individuals who are educated and motivated so that they can effectively perform their duties. As a first step to develop effective strategies to recruit highly educated and motivated individuals, motivation of choosing the correction and the value and pride these corrections officers have toward their career should be undestood. However, few studies have ever examined the reasons of joining the correction among corrections officers in Korea. The study, therefore, attempts to examine the reasons of choosing the correction as a career, sampling around 400 corrections officers in Korea.

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Updated 05/20/2006