Friend or Foe? Race, Age and Inmate Perceptions of Inmate-Staff Relations
The correctional research literature is rife with studies of inmate adjustment patterns. Early studies assumed inmates were part of a monolithic whole, though later research suggested factors such as race, age, and socioeconomic status affect inmate adjustment to prison life. This research focused on the relationship between age and race/ethnicity and perceptions of one aspect of the institutional experience, inmate-staff relations. A survey of recently released Texas inmates revealed that race and age have a major impact on inmate perceptions of staff.
Criminology and Criminal Justice
Hemmens, Craig, and James W. Marquart. "Friend or foe? Race, age, and inmate perceptions of inmate-staff relations." Journal of Criminal Justice 28, no. 4 (2000): 297-312.