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NCJ Number: 157941 Find in a Library
Title: Prison Riots as Organizational Failures: A Managerial Perspective
Journal: Prison Journal  Volume:75  Issue:3  Dated:(September 1995)  Pages:357-379
Author(s): R A Boin; M J Van Duin
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 23
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: Since most explanations of prison riots implicitly regard causes of rebellious inmate behavior as determinants of a riot's outcome and little attention has been paid to the actual course of a riot, this article suggests that what happens during the riot itself will influence the riot's scope and outcome.
Abstract: The focus of the article is on crisis management, and the authors contend that the way in which prison administrators prepare for and handle riots can make the difference between a small-scale disturbance and a full-fledged riot. Crisis management should therefore be considered as a critical variable in explaining riot outcomes. Causes of prison riots are addressed that encompass prison conditions and vulnerable social structures. Management approaches to dealing with prison riots are evaluated, with administrative failure cited as the primary cause of riots. The intricate nature of crisis management in prisons and the creation of riot-safe prisons are examined, and the importance of integrating crisis planning with prison management is emphasized. 72 references, 7 notes, and 3 figures
Main Term(s): Corrections management
Index Term(s): Crisis management; Prison disorders; Prison management; Riot prevention; Statistics
Note: *This document is currently unavailable from NCJRS. Earlier version of article presented at the Prisons 2000 Conference, 1994, Leiscester, England
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