Victimization and the Impact on Inmate Behavior
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Type of Work47 leaves
DepartmentUniversity of Baltimore. School of Criminal Justice
ProgramUniversity of Baltimore. Master of Science in Criminal Justice
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Numerous studies have examined the correlation between childhood physical and/or sexual victimization, and re-victimization later in life in the general population. However, fewer studies have explored how such victimization affects risks of re-victimization amongst inmates. Using the 2004 Survey of Inmates in State and Federal Correctional Facilities, this study seeks to determine whether victimization prior to incarceration increases the likelihood of victimization during incarceration. Descriptive statistics revealed that over 48 percent of inmates reported experiencing some form of physical victimization prior to incarceration. Additionally, about 13 percent of inmates reported being pressured or forced into sexual contact prior to incarceration. This study seeks to further examine victimization across race and gender in order to better describe inmates who may be at an increased risk of victimization during incarceration. Logistic regression analyses were conducted in order to determine the relationship between victimization prior to incarceration, and victimization during incarceration, as well as behavioral outcomes observed during incarceration, such as committing infractions. Implications for improving the response, and services provided by correctional facilities are also discussed.