chapter  3
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Prison staff: an international perspective

ByRoy D. King

In accepting a commission to write a short chapter on prison staff from an international perspective I was aware of a major dilemma. Prison staff have rarely been the central focus of my research, though they have always formed part of the context. On the one hand any attempt to offer a representative, still less a global, view would require exhaustive new research but would still be likely to fall foul of a lack of comparable data and end up patchy and superficial. On the other hand, to limit it to just the jurisdictions I know, at least to some degree, either from first-hand research or from study visits, or from investigations on behalf of various international bodies concerned with human rights, would inevitably be incomplete and tend towards the anecdotal.