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Correlates of Prisoner Misconduct

Ann Goetting and Roy Michael Howsen
Journal of Quantitative Criminology
Vol. 2, No. 1 (March 1986), pp. 49-67
Published by: Springer
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/23365589
Page Count: 19
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Correlates of Prisoner Misconduct
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Abstract

Using a nationwide sample of 5586 state-prison inmates, relationships between the frequency of officially reported institutional misconduct (as reported by the inmates) and certain preinstitutional and institution-related inmate traits were examined. Findings indicate that rule-breaking behavior is associated with being young, black, and male, having a relatively high number of prior convictions, having been unemployed prior to incarceration, and having been imprisoned for a relatively long period of time. Furthermore, such misconduct shows no relationship to domestic status, educational achievement, alcohol and drug problems, military service, income level, current offense, interaction with family and friends outside of prison, hours spent outside of cell, and daily activity. Policy implications are addressed. Misconduct is considered within the broad context of interaction among inmate traits, prison-level characteristics, and extrainstitutional factors.

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