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Social Isolation and Inmate Behavior

Title: Social Isolation and Inmate Behavior: A Conceptual Framework for Theorizing Prison Visitation and Guiding and Assessing Research.
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Name(s): Cochran, Joshua C., author
Mears, Daniel P., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2013-07-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Purpose Scholarship suggests that prison visitation is important because it allows inmates access to social ties that, in turn, can offset social isolation and help inmates cope with the transition back into society upon release. Only a small number of empirical assessments of visitation exist, however, and existing studies have typically overlooked how the heterogeneity inherent in visitation may influence whether visitation is beneficial, harmful, or has no effect. The goal of this paper is to develop a conceptual framework for theorizing this heterogeneity and its impacts, evaluating visitation research, and guiding future research aimed at estimating visitation effects. Methods The paper reviews theory and research on inmate visitation. In so doing, it systematically examines heterogeneity in visitation and the implications of this heterogeneity. Results The paper identifies five dimensions—visitation timing, longitudinal patterns in visitation, visitor type, visitation experiences, and inmate characteristics—that can be used to characterize visitation events or patterns that, themselves, may have varied effects on in-prison outcomes and reentry outcomes. Conclusions More nuanced theories of, and empirical research on, inmate visitation are needed both to understand better the implications of visitation, and inmate social ties more broadly, and to advance theory, research, and policy.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460487632 (IID), 10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2013.05.001 (DOI)
Publication Note: Published article can be found at http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jcrimjus.2013.05.001 The author's accepted manuscript of this article is licensed under CC BY-NC-ND: https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/3.0/us/legalcode
Preferred Citation: Cochran, Joshua C., and Daniel P. Mears. 2013. “Social Isolation and Inmate Behavior: A Conceptual Framework for Theorizing Prison Visitation and Guiding and Assessing Research.” Journal of Criminal Justice 41(4):252-261.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460487632
Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Criminal Justice.
Issue: iss. 4, vol. 41

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Cochran, J. C., & Mears, D. P. (2013). Social Isolation and Inmate Behavior: A Conceptual Framework for Theorizing Prison Visitation and Guiding and Assessing Research. Journal Of Criminal Justice. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1460487632