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. (doi: (Full text available)

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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: Jane Wood
Date Deposited: 10 Jun 2008 14:51 UTC
Last Modified: 01 Mar 2016 15:39 UTC
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