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Pre-prison Socialization and Experiences – Explaining Different Types of Violence Within Prison

Daniel Wolter, from the University of Cologne, made a contribution to the 2012 Annual Conference of the European Society of Criminology, in the category “Punishment and its alternatives,” under the title “Pre-prison Socialization and Experiences – Explaining Different Types of Violence Within Prison”. Here is the abstract: The majority of prisoners in Youth Correctional Facilities are those with limited education and a history of instability. Most are unemployed and have experiences multiple difficulties throughout their lifetime. The different strains of the prisoner population can lead to various adjustments to imprisonment. One of those might be violence which can occur in different forms (e.g. verbal violence, physical violence). The presentation focus on the different forms of violence and how previous experiences and demographic characteristics of the inmates might influence the engagement in different forms of violence. Questions that arise are: How can we describe the various types of interpersonal violence by focusing on the different strains? What are the important variables to explain violence? To answer these questions, data from official records will be combined with cross-sectional data from the research project “Violence and Suicide within Youth Correctional Facilities”.

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  • “Pre-prison Socialization and Experiences – Explaining Different Types of Violence Within Prison”, by Daniel Wolter (Proceedings)

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