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NCJ Number: 97268 Find in a Library
Title: Profile of the Mexican Migrant and His Social and Cultural Adaptation to a Federal Prison
Journal: Journal of Offender Counseling, Services and Retardation  Volume:9  Issue:3  Dated:(Spring 1985)  Pages:7-19
Author(s): L S Hamilton
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 13
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A case study approach was used to develop a profile of incarcerated Mexican Nationals in a Federal Bureau of Prisons correctional facility.
Abstract: The study brings into focus a person who is intelligent, complex, highly motivated and resourceful. The Mexican inmates' social and cultural adaptation to the prison is examined in terms of highlighting the conflict points between the rurally oriented inmate and a mechanistic institution that tends to reduce the individuals to numbers. Findings led to the conclusion that it would be more productive to train institutional staff to recognize the life essence of the Mexican migrant. Institutions need to capitalize on those elements of character (intelligence, motivation, and resourcefulness) to help the migrant penetrate the Mexican vocational mainstream. (Author abstract)
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Correctional Personnel Training; Federal prisoners; Mexican Americans; Offender profiles
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