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Alexander L. Burton, Ph.D.

Alexander L. Burton, Ph.D., is an assistant professor in the Criminology and Criminal Justice Program at The University of Texas at Dallas. Dr. Burton has performed multiple statewide evaluations of issues related to recruitment, training and turnover of correctional officers. Moreover, he serves on several advisory boards intended to improve prison staffing and training outcomes nationally. He regularly provides consulting services to local and state agencies that are experiencing staffing issues. If you would like to hear more about his work or possibly work with him, please send an email to

Despite the bravery and challenges inherent in corrections work, correctional officers and jailers’ prestige is rated significantly lower by the public than similar public safety positions
Corrections Training
If training academies can facilitate and promote commitment to the occupation, it could be possible to slow the surge of correctional officers leaving the occupation each year
Although rehabilitating those serving time behind bars is a chief mission for state departments of correction, recent research reveals a potential stumbling block in achieving this goal
We asked Americans if they prefer COs to serve in a more “traditional” punitive and custody-focused manner or to take a more “progressive” rehabilitative approach
We polled 1,000 Americans about their views of corrections officers. The results may surprise you
Out of the nearly 700 correctional officers surveyed, approximately 6% indicated they had nefarious or disconcerting reasons for working in corrections