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NCJ Number: 185360 Find in a Library
Title: Life in Prison: Perspectives of Drug Injectors
Journal: Deviant Behavior  Volume:21  Issue:5  Dated:September-October 2000  Pages:451-479
Author(s): Rhidian Hughes; Meg Huby
Date Published: 2000
Page Count: 29
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article examines some of the problems of responding to drug injectors in prison.
Abstract: Twenty-four drug injectors recruited from the community in England participated in small group discussions and interviews regarding drug injectors' experiences in prison. The following broad themes emerged as important: entering prison and early experiences; prison conditions; prison regimes; days in the lives of drug injectors; relationships and social networks; and informal rules and attitudes. These issues had been peripheral to studies about drug injectors' prison lives, which tended to focus on HIV-related risk behavior and neglected the wider social environment. Exploring the problems drug injectors face inside prison can help to sensitize both researchers and policymakers to some of the issues that are at the heart of of finding effective responses to the problems raised by drug use. The article concludes that understanding more about these issues can inform strategies that aim to reduce drug-related harm, strategies that must be underpinned by evidence. Table, references
Main Term(s): Controlled Substances
Index Term(s): Drug abuse in correctional facilities; Inmate attitudes; Intervention; Prison climate; Prison conditions; Prisonization; Research uses in policymaking; Risk taking behavior; Social organization
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