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In Prison and Far From Home

Title: In Prison and Far From Home: Spatial Distance Effects on Inmate Misconduct.
Name(s): Lindsey, Andrea M., author
Mears, Daniel P., author
Cochran, Joshua C., author
Bales, William D., author
Stults, Brian J., author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Journal Article
Date Issued: 2017-08-01
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: Drawing on theory and research on prisoner behavior, this study examines whether spatial distance from home influences inmates’ likelihood of engaging in misconduct. Three hypotheses are developed: distally placed inmates will engage in more misconduct, distance will have a greater effect on misconduct among younger inmates, and visitation will mediate these relationships. We test the hypotheses using negative binomial regression analyses of data from the Florida Department of Corrections (N = 33,853). Support for the hypotheses is mixed. A curvilinear relationship between distance and misconduct was identified, with a positive effect on misconduct for distances up to 350 miles and a negative effect thereafter. Distance effects were greater for younger inmates and were partially mediated by visitation. Implications of the findings are discussed.
Identifier: FSU_libsubv1_scholarship_submission_1548708372_294174a2 (IID), 10.1177/0011128715614017 (DOI)
Keywords: inmate, misconduct, prison, spatial, distance
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Host Institution: FSU
Is Part Of: Crime & Delinquency.
Issue: iss. 9, vol. 63

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Lindsey, A. M., Mears, D. P., Cochran, J. C., Bales, W. D., & Stults, B. J. (2017). In Prison and Far From Home: Spatial Distance Effects on Inmate Misconduct. Crime & Delinquency. Retrieved from