Working with transgendered sex offenders: Prison staff experiences

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Marlow, K., Winder, B. and Swaby, H. 2015. Working with transgendered sex offenders: Prison staff experiences. Journal of Forensic Practice. 17 (3). https://doi.org/10.1108/jfp-02-2015-0013
AuthorsMarlow, K., Winder, B. and Swaby, H.
Abstract

Purpose
The purpose of this paper is to gain insight into the experiences of staff working with transgendered sex offenders in a prison setting.

Design/methodology/approach
The study utilised a qualitative approach, with semi-structured interviews used to explore the experiences of staff working with transgendered sexual offenders (n=6). Data were analysed using thematic analysis.

Findings
Three themes were identified in the data. The first relates to how staff become educated on transgender issues and the content of this information. The second describes situations in which boundaries are overstepped by both transgender offenders and others in the prison. The third relates to the ways in which staff manage change, such as tailoring treatment to specific needs and being mindful of what adaptations may be required.

Research limitations/implications
The main drawback of this research was the limited sample; female prison staff. Future research should expand this sample to encompass male staff and staff working in alternate category prisons.

Practical implications
The research illustrates the utility of staff collaboration with transgendered sex offenders on transgender issues but also suggests some additional guidance is required when it comes to determining the boundaries. Staff may also benefit from more education on the possible ways in which a transgendered identity can impact on criminogenic needs.

Originality/value
The present research offers insight into the current state of care and management of transgendered offenders in custody and the nature of interactions between staff and this minority group. At present, there is limited research in this area.

KeywordsQualitative ; Prison; Transgender ; Thematic analysis
Year2015
JournalJournal of Forensic Practice
Journal citation17 (3)
PublisherEmerald
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1108/jfp-02-2015-0013
Web address (URL)https://www.emerald.com/insight/content/doi/10.1108/JFP-02-2015-0013/full/html
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Publication dates10 Aug 2015
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