Prison and Prison Officers Stress

Prisons Research

Lead Researcher: Dr Thomas Akoensi

Prison officers constitute a major resource pool for all prison facilities. Without them, prisons are unable to function and fulfill their daily regime. Considering that officers are responsible for the safe custody of people who do not want to be held, prisons are inherently stressful environments. Research on prison officers from the global south is scarce and this situation calls for methodologies sensitive to research context (both qualitative and quantitative approaches) to empirically examine the factors that conduce to stress and the outcomes of stress. This would illuminate our understanding of stress in this context, while assisting prison policy makers to adopt empirically based approaches to ameliorate stress and improve the wellbeing of prison officers in Ghana’s prisons.