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NCJ Number: 120315 Find in a Library
Title: Inmate Adjustment to Prison (From American Prison: Issues in Research and Policy, P 229-251, 1989, Lynne Goodstein and Doris Layton MacKenzie, eds. -- See NCJ-120304)
Author(s): L Goodstein; K N Wright
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 23
Sponsoring Agency: Plenum Press
New York, NY 10013
Sale Source: Plenum Press
233 Spring Street
New York, NY 10013
United States of America
Type: Issue Overview
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This chapter reviews work produced within the past several decades on inmate adjustment to prison, focusing on conditions of incarceration and individual inmate characteristics that influence adjustment patterns.
Abstract: The discussion indicates that modes of adjustment to confinement differ widely across individuals, groups, and prison types. In contrast to early work, which focused on the adverse effects of imprisonment, this chapter presents a balanced view of inmate adjustment. The data do not show widespread deterioration or criminalization due to confinement. Rather, most inmates desire to use their confinement constructively, and some may succeed. Understanding the possibilities for facilitating successful adjustment among a greater number of inmates requires a shift of perspective. Rather than focusing on individual personality characteristics or group interactions, prison administrators should address the physical features of the prison environment. 118 references.
Main Term(s): Adjustment to prison
Index Term(s): Prison management; Problem behavior
Note: From Volume 4 in the Law, Society, and Policy series.
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