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Judicial Reform and Prisoner Control: The Impact of Ruiz v. Estelle on a Texas Penitentiary

James W. Marquart and Ben M. Crouch
Law & Society Review
Vol. 19, No. 4 (1985), pp. 557-586
Published by: Wiley on behalf of the Law and Society Association
DOI: 10.2307/3053421
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/3053421
Page Count: 30
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Judicial Reform and Prisoner Control: The Impact of Ruiz v. Estelle on a Texas Penitentiary
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Abstract

This article examines the impact of court-ordered structural reforms on a Texas penitentiary. The staff's prisoner control structure is analyzed before, during, and after the reform measures decreed in the complex and sweeping prison reform case Ruiz v. Estelle (1980). Participant observation and inmate disciplinary report data are utilized to examine how legal intervention affected the prison community. Results show that after the court order was inaugurated, inmate-inmate and inmate-guard violence escalated to new plateaus. The final section compares several aspects of the old and new prisoner control structures and discusses the implications of court reforms for prisoner control.

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