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NCJ Number: 158133 Find in a Library
Title: Impact of Time Served and Custody Level on Offender Attitudes
Journal: Forum on Corrections Research  Volume:7  Issue:3  Dated:September 1995  Pages:12-14
Author(s): D. J. Stevens
Date Published: September 1995
Page Count: 3
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Canada
Annotation: A sample of 462 inmates from Canadian maximum-, medium-, and minimum-security prisons were asked which crimes they might commit, after release, if they knew they would not be caught; choices included sexual assault, robbery, murder, aggravated assault, theft, drug abuse, or none.
Abstract: The results showed that the longer an inmate had been incarcerated, the more accepting he was of committing another crime. This finding was consistent with the argument that the perceived severity of a sentence does not deter future criminality. Inmates housed in a minimum-security or work release facility were more likely to envision a crime-free future than offenders serving time in a medium- or maximum-security prison. The results showed that, while some inmates incarcerated for violent crimes anticipated committing no further offenses, some inmates with nonviolent histories reported they might consider committing violent crimes upon release. 3 tables, 1 figure, and 9 notes
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Canada; Criminology; Foreign inmates; Recidivism prediction; Statistics
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