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Body-Worn Cameras in a Correctional Setting: Assessing Jail Deputy Attitudes Before, During, and After Implementation

NCJ Number
Justice Evaluation Journal Volume: Online Dated: 2023 Pages: 1-22
Date Published
22 pages

This study assesses the attitudes of jail deputies toward body-worn cameras (BWCs).


This study examines jail deputy attitudes toward body-worn cameras (BWCs). The authors find that deputies were neutral or did not agree that BWCs would improve efficiency and accuracy, have a civilizing effect on incarcerated residents, or lead to work-related disruptions. These attitudes remain largely consistent across the three survey periods. The authors also find that deputies had more negative perceptions of their relationships with residents at both the mid- and post-implementation periods, compared to the pre-implementation period. The results suggest that, when developing a BWC program, corrections officials should involve front-line personnel early in the planning process. Officials should also ensure policies are tailored to the unique needs of their correctional agency, rather than merely adapting policies created for law enforcement. The study focused on the perceptions of deputies from the Loudoun County, Virginia, Adult Detention Center (LCADC) who participated in a 12-month body-worn camera (BWC) pilot program to BWC. The authors surveyed LCADC deputies at three periods (pre-, mid-, and post-implementation) and analyze mean changes in their perceptions of BWCs and staff-resident relationships. Body-worn cameras (BWC) have become ubiquitous in law enforcement but are nascent in correctional settings. There is little research on the attitudes of the corrections personnel expected to wear these devices, even though their buy-in is critical for successful implementation.  (Published Abstract Provided)

Date Published: January 1, 2023