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NCJ Number: 97801 Find in a Library
Title: Autonomy for Inmates - Counterculture or Cooptation?
Journal: Criminal Justice and Behavior  Volume:12  Issue:1  Dated:(March 1985)  Pages:71-89
Author(s): D W Osgood; E Gruber; M A Archer; T M Newcomb
Date Published: 1985
Page Count: 19
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: An inmate counterculture presents a barrier to the institutional goal of long-term reform. If the counterculture is a reaction to deprivations caused by incarceration, increasing autonomy would help co-opt the counterculture to cooperation with the institutional program. Data concerning autonomy for inmates and their adaptation to incarceration were collected from over 400 residents and 160 staff members at institutions for juvenile offenders.
Abstract: The research design avoided confounding autonomy with inmate characteristics and institutional setting, and included a broad range of measures of inmates' adaptation. Inmate reports of greater autonomy were associated with adaptations that were considerably more favorable to institutional goals. There was little relationship between staff reports of autonomy and either inmate reports of autonomy or inmate adaptation. This can be explained by a lack of variance in staff perceptions of groups, meaning that staff members failed to discriminate differences that were substantial in the eyes of inmates. (Publisher abstract)
Index Term(s): Correctional institutions (juvenile); Correctional personnel attitudes; Inmate self-government; Inmate staff relations; Juvenile inmate attitudes
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