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Int J Offender Ther Comp Criminol. 2010 Jun;54(3):378-94. doi: 10.1177/0306624X09335244. Epub 2009 Apr 27.

Individual and institutional characteristics related to inmate victimization.

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School of Public Affairs, University of Colorado Denver, Suite 500, Denver, CO 80217-3364, USA.


This study examines the effect of inmate and institutional characteristics on inmate victimization during incarceration. In addition, it examines whether factors related to inmate victimization varies by perpetrator type, specifically inmate versus staff victimizer. Self-reported data from 247 male and female inmates confined to eight correctional institutions are collected, including questions regarding their experiences of staff-on-inmate and inmate-on-inmate victimization. Results show that similar institutional-level variables predict both types of inmate victimization; however, there are some differences between outcomes based on inmate-level characteristics. The authors address possible explanations for the results and suggest several policy implications to reduce the incidence of prison violence.

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