Prison gang related activity in England

Wood, Jane and Adler, Joanna R. ORCID logoORCID: (2001) Prison gang related activity in England. Psychology, Crime and Law, 7 (1) . pp. 167-192. ISSN 1068-316X [Article]


Gang behaviour has been associated with serious problems in American prisons (e.g., Fong and Buentello, 1991). 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 Offender Institutions. The lowest reported incidence was in both male Low and High security prisons. Female establishments demonstrated levels lower only than Medium security male prisons. Discussion focuses concern on the levels of gang activity apparently present in the Medium security English Prisons and suggests directions for further research.

Item Type: Article
Research Areas: A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology
A. > School of Science and Technology > Psychology > Forensic Psychology Research Group
Item ID: 5008
Depositing User: Mrs Sue Black
Date Deposited: 08 Apr 2010 11:46
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2019 10:29

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