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NCJ Number: 249376 Find in a Library
Title: Racial (In)Variance in Prison Rule Breaking
Journal: Journal of Criminal Justice  Volume:43  Issue:3  Dated:June 2015  Pages:175-185
Author(s): Benjamin Steiner; John Wooldredge
Date Published: June 2015
Page Count: 11
Sponsoring Agency: National Institute of Justice (NIJ)
Washington, DC 20531
Grant Number: 2007-IJ-CX-0010
Document: HTML
Dataset: DATASET 1
Type: Report (Grant Sponsored); Report (Study/Research); Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This study applied to incarcerated individuals Sampson and Wilson’s thesis that the sources of crime are invariant across race and are instead rooted in the structural differences between communities.
Abstract: Findings revealed that individual and environmental effects were very similar between Black and White inmates, although rates of violent and nonviolent rule breaking were higher for Blacks. Within prisons, Black inmates were also more likely than White inmates to engage in rule breaking. The individual-level relationship between race and violence was stronger in prisons with a lower ratio of Black to White inmates and in prisons where inmates were more cynical towards legal authority. Thus, findings seemingly refute the applicability of the racial invariance hypothesis to an incarcerated population. Random samples totaling 2,388 Blacks and 3,118 Whites were drawn from 46 prisons in Ohio and Kentucky. Race-specific and pooled bi-level models of violent and nonviolent rule violations were estimated. Differences between race-specific models in the magnitude of regression coefficients for the same predictors and outcomes were compared. (Publisher abstract modified)
Main Term(s): Corrections research
Index Term(s): Black/White Crime Comparisons; Economic influences; Inmate characteristics; Inmate misconduct; NIJ grant-related documents; NIJ Resources; Race-crime relationships; Social conditions
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