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NCJ Number: 210929 Find in a Library
Title: Exploring Predictors of Institutional Misbehavior Among Male Korean Inmates
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:32  Issue:4  Dated:August 2005  Pages:412-432
Author(s): Soo Jung Lee; John F. Edens
Date Published: August 2005
Page Count: 21
Sponsoring Agency: Korea Research Foundation
Seoul, 137-170, Korea
Grant Number: KRF-2004-074-HS0009
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: In order to enhance the classification and placement of inmates in Korean prisons, this study examined risk variables that may predict inmate misconduct.
Abstract: Twenty-four prisons from districts throughout the country participated in the study. Valid data were obtained from 917 male inmates from these prisons, as well as from the correctional officers who managed them. Eight items, rated on four-point Likert-type scales, were used to assess inmates' risk for engaging in dangerous behaviors during incarceration. The total score of these eight items was found to have a somewhat low but significant correlation with the number of prior arrests. Data on crime-related psychological variables were obtained with the Korean Correctional Psychological Inventory. Factors derived from this scale were delinquent behaviors, aggression, deviant thoughts, suicidal risk, and delusional thoughts. Management problems during detention were also included. A dichotomous criterion measure of institutional misconduct was created based on the correctional records of violations of prison behavioral codes. A relatively high rate of predictive accuracy for inmate misconduct emerged from the model developed, which suggests that it might significantly improve decisionmaking about institutional placement and management of problem inmates across various subgroups of male offenders in the study sample. Study limitations and the nature of further research are discussed. 6 tables, 3 figures, and 37 references
Main Term(s): Foreign correctional facilities
Index Term(s): Foreign criminal justice research; Inmate classification; Inmate misconduct; Korea (South); Male offenders; Prediction
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