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NCJ Number: 251797 Find in a Library
Title: Using Restrictive Housing to Manage Gangs in US Prisons
Series: NIJ Update
Author(s): David C. Pyrooz
Corporate Author: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
US Department of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: July 2018
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Document: HTML|PDF
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis; Literature Review; Report (Study/Research); Report (Technical Assistance)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article summarizes key findings from a chapter entitled “Gang Affiliation and Restrictive Housing in U.S. Prisons,” in the NIJ-published volume, “Restrictive Housing in the United States: Issues, Challenges, and Future Directions.“
Abstract: Evidence from several prison systems indicates that gang-affiliated inmates are over-represented in restrictive housing. It is not clear whether this circumstance is due to their need for protection, discipline for misconduct, or the perceived threat associated with their gang membership. A review of the relevant evidence suggests that the justification for the large-scale placement of gang-affiliated inmates in restrictive housing is limited; however, the available evidence suggests that restrictive housing may reduce inmate rule violations. A positive move toward jointly reducing the influence of gangs in prisons and the over-use of restrictive housing consists of a system that specifies the incentive-based steps that can move an inmate in restrictive housing into the prison general population. Another promising effort is to provide treatment-based efforts that promote renouncement of gang ties. Such programs, however, must be accompanied by rigorous, scientific evaluation. Such an effort can be facilitated by establishing mutually beneficial researcher-practitioner partnerships that lead to the design, implementation, and evaluation of promising efforts to reduce the influence of gangs in prisons. Using research to develop data-driven policies will facilitate better-informed decisions about the use of restrictive housing for gang-affiliated inmates.
Main Term(s): Corrections policies
Index Term(s): Gangs; Inmate discipline; Inmate misconduct; Inmate Programs; Inmate segregation; NIJ Resources; Prison Gangs/Security Threat Groups; Solitary confinement
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