Criminal Justice Review
Should I Stay or Should I Go? Job Satisfaction and Turnover Intent of Jail Staff Throughout the United States
This article should be read by all jail administrators for it explains why the majority of line-level jail officers like their jobs and are not going to quit. Of course the jail setting must possess an encouraging organizational climate, make the staff feel fairly treated, encourage them to provide input during the decision making process, and foster positive relations between them and their supervisors. Meanwhile, while “the environmental variables investigated are amenable to change, it would appear that, with greater insights into these dynamic precursors of thoughts about quitting, jail administrators can develop strategic initiatives targeted toward proactively reducing the fiscal cost and intangible impact of voluntary turnover” (p. 226).