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NCJ Number: 120840 Find in a Library
Title: Utility of Prison Violence: An A-Causal Approach to Prison Riots
Journal: Criminal Justice Review  Volume:13  Issue:1  Dated:(Spring 1988)  Pages:29-38
Author(s): N Larsen
Date Published: 1988
Page Count: 9
Type: Issue Overview
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article examines the issue of prison violence in terms of the adequacy of the theories currently used to explain it.
Abstract: The traditional theories of prison riots are subjected to a critical review, using prison riots in Jackson (Michigan), Kingston (Ontario, Canada), Attica (New York), and New Mexico institutions as a source of data. The prevailing theories are criticized on many grounds and a tentative new theory of prison violence is postulated. It is argued that the current theories of prison riots are inadequate and that the entire issue needs to be reexamined from a theoretical perspective which includes the relationship between prison violence and the entire spectrum of prison life. The article concludes with a discussion of some of the research questions which need to be answered before prison violence (and particularly riots) can be placed in a proper theoretical and substantive framework. 23 references. (Author abstract)
Main Term(s): Prison disorders; Riot causes
Index Term(s): Prison conditions; Riot control
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