DISCLAIMER: The following survey is intended to help guide the state and national discussion on issues related to staffing and to provide front line feedback on mental health and wellness programs if offered to staff. The statements and proposals discussed are not official positions of One Voice United but are provided as areas needing discussion.  Information provided will only be used for the intended purposes stated below. 

 
Background: One Voice United is a national campaign to give correctional officers and staff a voice and inject their unique perspective and expertise into the conversation around criminal justice reform.

By building bridges and bringing together a broad range of stakeholders, our goal is to cut across political divides and respond to the real problems that effective and sustainable reform must address.

Through this survey, you will help shape the topics and discussion of One Voice United and lend your expertise and guidance to the issues currently facing corrections professionals.

 
* All respondents are anonymous and we encourage participants to be as open and honest as possible.

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* 1. What category best describes your age?

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* 2. How many years have you worked in the Department of Corrections?

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* 3. What is your gender?

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* 5. Which of the following best describes your current occupation?

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* 6. What is the security level of your current prison/ Institution?

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* 7. What is the gender of your facility's incarcerated population?

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* 8. Is the inmate population at your facility decreasing or increasing?

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* 9. Is the officer staffing level at your facility increasing or decreasing?

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* 10. In the last three months, how many times on average have you been required to work mandatory overtime each week?

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* 11. To what extent is understaffing an issue at your facility?

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* 12. If understaffing is an issue at your facility, to what extent do you think each of the following to be a contributing factor?

  Not at all A little Moderate A lot A great deal
Ineffective recruiting practices
Insufficient pay and/or benefits
Perceived job danger
Better employment opportunities elsewhere
Poor public image
Media / Hollywood portrayal
Entrance qualifications too high
Drug testing requirement
Covid-19 related leave or illness
Sick leave call-ins
Agency budget (lack of funding)

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* 13. Do you believe that understaffing plays a role in the stress levels of staff at your facility?

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* 14. Do you believe that understaffing plays a role in the stress levels of inmates at your facility?

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* 15. There are many sources of stress when working in a correctional environment. Please rate the following based on where you've experienced the most stress;  1 being a low source of stress, 5 being a high source of stress.

  1 (low source of stress) 2 3 4 5 (high source of stress)
Inmate population
Immediate Supervisor
Administration
Fellow Officers
Media/Hollywood
Inmate Advocates
Forced overtime
Staffing shortages
Missing family events
Threats of violence
Assaults on staff / injuries
Administration

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* 16. Does your agency have an Employee Assistance Program?

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* 17. If yes, is it administered by:

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* 18. In general, how do staff feel about the program?

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* 19. Does your agency have a crisis intervention team to debrief staff after critical or violent incidents?

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* 20. Does your agency offer programs to address any of the following? (please check all that apply)

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* 21. In most correctional settings, giving each other some lighthearted
grief eases tension and passes time. However, it can also get out of hand,
become unprofessional, and a source of frustration and stress. At your
facility, is staff bullying of other staff, rumor-mongering, sexual innuendo, or
harassment an issue?

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* 22. If you wanted to use the EAP and talk to someone about how work is
impacting your mental health how would management react?

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* 23. If you wanted to use the EAP and talk to someone about how work is
impacting your mental health how would fellow staff react?

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