Gang activity in English prisons: the Staff perspective.

Wood, Jane L. and Adler, Joanna R. (2001) Gang activity in English prisons: the Staff perspective. Psychology, Crime & Law, 7 (2). pp. 167-192. ISSN 1068-316X. (The full text of this publication is not available from this repository)

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Abstract

Gang behaviour has been associated with serious problems in American prisons (e.g., Fong and Buentello, 199 1). This study explored the possible existence of indicators of gang activity in English prisons. Surveys of problems consistent with gang activity were completed by 374 prison staff in 16 prisons that were representative of the English Prison Estate. Results showed significant differences between categories of institution. The most gang-related activity was reported in male Medium security prisons and Young Offender Institutions. The lowest reported incidence was in both male Low and High security prisons. Female establishments demonstrated levels lower only than Medium security male prisons. Discussion focuses concern on the levels of gang activity apparently present in the Medium security English Prisons and suggests directions for further research.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled keywords: prison gangs; prison violence; prison culture; prisonization
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Psychology
Depositing User: C.A. Simms
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2008 14:51
Last Modified: 07 May 2014 13:12
Resource URI: http://kar.kent.ac.uk/id/eprint/4595 (The current URI for this page, for reference purposes)
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