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Dial examines correctional officer stress and job satisfaction. The book is divided into five sections: 1. Overview of Corrections and the Correctional Officer 2. The Backbone of Today's Correctional Institution: The Correctional Officer 3. Theories of Correctional Officer Roles, Stress, and Job Satisfaction 4. The Results of the Current Study 5. Implications for Policy and Future Research. The main goal is to expose the reader to what is known about correctional officers and correctional officer stress and to present the results of a recent study examining correctional officers in a large correctional system in the United States. Emphasis is on practical policy and research implications for correctional agencies, students and academics. Dial points to the need for correctional officers to have greater access to a variety of resources to cope with and manage the demands of a highly stressful job.