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Here and Gone

Title: Here and Gone: Anticipation and Separation Effects of Prison Visits on Inmate Infractions.
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Name(s): Siennick, Sonja E, author
Mears, Daniel P., author
Bales, William D., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Date Issued: 2013-07-04
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Objectives: This study examines the effect of prison visitation on the probability of inmate misconduct. Method: Our sample is an admissions cohort of over 7,000 inmates admitted to Florida correctional facilities between 2000 and 2002. The authors conducted multilevel analyses of the week-to-week association between officially recorded disciplinary infractions and prison visits, including spousal, significant other, parental, relative, and friend visits. Results: The probability of an in-prison infraction declines in anticipation of visits, increases immediately following visits, and then gradually declines to average levels. This pattern is relatively consistent across visitors and infraction types but is strongest for spousal visits and contraband infractions. More frequent visits are associated with a more rapid postvisit decline. Conclusions: If visits reduce the pains of imprisonment or increase social control, then these effects may be too short-lived to create lasting improvements in the behavior of individuals while incarcerated. Future research should attempt to replicate and explain these findings and examine the longer term effects of visitation on inmate adjustment during and after incarceration.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1461874623 (IID), 10.1177/0022427812449470 (DOI)
Publication Note: Originally published in the Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency. You can find the publisher's version at: http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/0022427812449470
Preferred Citation: Siennick, Sonja E., Daniel P. Mears, and William D. Bales. 2013. “Here and Gone: Anticipation and Separation Effects of Prison Visits on Inmate Infractions.” Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency 50(3):417-444.
Persistent Link to This Record: http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1461874623
Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Journal of Research in Crime and Delinquency.
Issue: iss. 3, vol. 50

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Siennick, S. E., Mears, D. P., & Bales, W. D. (2013). Here and Gone: Anticipation and Separation Effects of Prison Visits on Inmate Infractions. Journal Of Research In Crime And Delinquency. Retrieved from http://purl.flvc.org/fsu/fd/FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1461874623