The effect of gang affiliation on violent misconduct among inmates during the early years of confinement

  • Griffin M
  • Hepburn J
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The pattern of inmate involvement in violent misconduct is established in the early years of imprisonment, yet few studies have looked at the predictors of violent misconduct during the first months or years of imprisonment, and none have studied the effects of gang affiliation during this time period. This study of 2,158 male inmates who were confined for at least 3 years in a southwestern state prison system finds that gang affiliation has an effect on vio- lent misconduct among inmates beyond the individual risk factors generally attributed to youth and prior criminal history. These findings suggest the need for additional research to clarify the linkage between gang affiliation and inmate violence, with implications for current efforts to supervise gang-affiliated inmates

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  • Gangs
  • Inmate risk factors
  • Prison violence

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  • Marie L. Griffin

  • John R. Hepburn

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