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NCJ Number: 158243 Find in a Library
Title: Primer in Prison Research
Journal: Journal of Contemporary Criminal Justice  Volume:11  Issue:3  Dated:(August 1995)  Pages:165-176
Author(s): C B Hart
Date Published: 1995
Page Count: 12
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article discusses some of the issues unique to prison research.
Abstract: The first obstacle to the prison researcher is the inherent correctional emphasis on security and the potential threat to security posed by outsiders. In engaging in prison research, the researcher must be aware of the formal structure of the organization at many levels, and be sensitive to the interpersonal dynamics of key players in the prison environment. This article provides helpful hints to prison researchers that emphasize recognition of the interests and concerns of four groups in the prison, including administrators at the highest level of the bureaucracy, local level bureaucracy at the particular site of research interest, correctional officers at the site, and inmates. The researcher must also have a working knowledge of the specific facility's history in terms of riots, famous incidents, infamous inmates, inmate litigation, and any court interventions. 1 figure and 21 references
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections research; Research methods
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