Title

Friend or Foe? Race, Age and Inmate Perceptions of Inmate-Staff Relations

Abstract

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.

Department(s)

Criminology and Criminal Justice

Document Type

Article

DOI

https://doi.org/10.1016/s0047-2352(00)00044-1

Publication Date

2000

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