Gang activity in English prisons: the staff perspective

Adler, Joanna R. and Wood, Jane (2001) Gang activity in English prisons: the staff perspective. Psychology, Crime and Law, 7 (2). pp. 167-192. ISSN 1068-316X

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Abstract

Gang behaviour has been associated with serious problems in American prisons. This study explored the possible existence of indicators of gang activity in English prisons. Surveys of problems consistent with gang activity were completed by 374 prison staff in 16 prisons that were representative of the English prison Estate. Results showed significant differences between categories of institution. The most gang related activity was reported in male medium security prisons and young offenders institutions. The lowest reported incidence was in both male low and high security prisons. Female establishments demonstrated levels lower than medium security male prisons. Discussion focuses concern on the levels of gang activity in the medium security English prisons and suggests directions for further research.

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Research Areas:Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
Middlesex University Schools and Centres > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
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