Physical violence inside prisons: Rates of victimization

Nancy Wolff, Cynthia L. Blitz, Jing Shi, Jane Siegel, Ronet Bachman

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Abstract

This study estimates prevalence rates of inmate-on-inmate and staff-on-inmate physical victimization. Inmate participants were drawn from 13 adult male prisons and 1 female prison operated by a single mid-Atlantic state. A total of 7,221 men and 564 women participated. Rates of physical victimization varied significantly by gender, perpetrator, question wording, and facility. Prevalence rates of inmate-on-inmate physical violence in the previous 6 months were equal for males and females. Men had significantly higher rates of physical violence perpetrated by staff than by other inmates. By facility, inmate-on-inmate prevalence rates ranged from 129 to 346 per 1,000, whereas the range for staff-on-inmate was 83 to 321 per 1,000 (but the difference was not statistically significant).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)588-599
Number of pages12
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume34
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 1 2007

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Crime Victims
Prisons
victimization
correctional institution
violence
staff
Cross-Sectional Studies
gender
Physical Abuse

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
  • Psychology(all)
  • Law

Keywords

  • Physical victimization
  • Prevalence rates
  • Prison violence

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Wolff, Nancy ; Blitz, Cynthia L. ; Shi, Jing ; Siegel, Jane ; Bachman, Ronet. / Physical violence inside prisons : Rates of victimization. In: Criminal Justice and Behavior. 2007 ; Vol. 34, No. 5. pp. 588-599.
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In: Criminal Justice and Behavior, Vol. 34, No. 5, 01.05.2007, p. 588-599.

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