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NCJ Number: 120344 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Rule Violators
Author(s): J Stephan
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: 1989
Page Count: 8
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
National Institute of Justice/
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Document: PDF
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A nationally representative survey of State prison inmates in 1986 found that 53 percent had been charged with violating prison rules at least once since entering prison on their current sentence and that the percentage charged with infractions was similar to that in the last survey in 1979.
Abstract: The survey also found that younger inmates and those with more extensive criminal careers or drug histories were the most likely to have violated prison rules. Rule violations were also more common in larger prisons and maximum-security prisons and among males, but were similar for white and black inmates. In addition, more than 90 percent of the inmates charged with infractions were found guilty in prison administrative proceedings, regardless of inmate or prison characteristics. Furthermore, inmates serving their first prison sentences had a lower infraction rate than did recividists. Finally, the most common penalties were solitary confinement or segregation and loss of good-time credit. Tables and description of methodology.
Main Term(s): Inmate discipline
Index Term(s): Prison management; State correctional facilities
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