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NCJ Number: 159868 Find in a Library
Title: Criminal Personality Exists Before Prison (From America's Prisons: Opposing Viewpoints, P 86-91, 1991, Stacey L. Tipp, ed. - See NCJ-159858)
Author(s): S E Samenow
Date Published: 1991
Page Count: 6
Sponsoring Agency: Greenhaven Press
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
Sale Source: Greenhaven Press
P.O. Box 9187
Farmington Hills, MI 48333-9187
United States of America
Type: Survey
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article argues that it is not the prison system that corrupts the criminals, but rather the criminals who corrupt the prison system by continuing a life of crime within the institution and the in community upon release.
Abstract: Prison encourages criminal activity insofar as inmates develop new associations and find support for antisocial thoughts and behaviors. Criminals exhibit the same behavior patterns in prison as they did on the street, in terms of their self-concept, their attitude toward observing society norms, their struggle for status, and their use of manipulative and threatening tactics. In prison, as one the street, criminals face the dilemma of whom to trust and how to deal in information exchanges.
Main Term(s): Corrections
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Incarceration; Prison construction
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