Prisonization: Individual and Institutional Factors Affecting Inmate Conduct

Prisonization: Individual and Institutional Factors Affecting Inmate Conduct
Wayne Gillespie
October 2002

ISBN-13:  978-1-931202-52-7 / Hardcover
Dimensions:  5.5 x 8.5 / vi, 177 pages

Price   $55.00

"a refreshing volume" -- Criminal Justice Review

Description

Prisonization involves the formation of an informal inmate code and develops from both the individual characteristics of inmates and from institutional features of the prison. Its explanation involves indigenous influence theory and cultural drift theory. Gillespie's exploration of these theories is based on data from questionnaires given to over 1,000 prisoners in 30 prisons throughout Kentucky, Tennessee, and Ohio. Institutional data came from sources such as each state's Department of Correction and Rehabilitation. Results indicate that both the individual characteristics of inmates and institutional qualities affect prisonization and misconduct, but the institutional factors are weak predictors of behaviour. Individual.

About the Author

Wayne Gillespie is Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice and Criminology at East Tennessee State University. He earned his Ph.D. in 2001 from the University of Kentucky.