Incapacitation and imprisonment: prisoners' involvement in community-based crime

Wood, J., Williams, G. and James, M. (2010) Incapacitation and imprisonment: prisoners' involvement in community-based crime. Psychology, Crime & Law, 16 (7). pp. 601-615. ISSN 1068-316X.

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Abstract

The impact of incapacitation on prisoners’ offending behaviour is a neglected area of research.

The aim of this study was to examine the extent and nature of prisoners’ involvement in community-based crime in the UK. Participants were selected from nine prisons in the UK and consisted of 360 prisoners, 81 females and 279 males. Offenders were interviewed to assess levels and forms of involvement in community-based crime and perceptions of other prisoners’ involvement. Levels of prisonization and institutional and demographic characteristics were used to identify vulnerability to involvement in community-based crime. Twenty-five per cent of the sample admitted personal involvement and 63% reported other prisoners’ involvement in a diverse range of crimes.

Analyses revealed prisoners involved in community-based crime are likely to be young, male recidivists who hold prisonized attitudes. Prisoners who are white, prisonized and recidivist reported highest levels of other prisoners’ involvement in community-based crime. No age or gender differences delineated prisoners’ reports of others’ involvement.

The results show that incarcerating offenders may not prevent their involvement in community-based offending. Discussion centres on the characteristics of involved prisoners and considers the implications of the results for rehabilitation and penal policy.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: H Social Sciences
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV6001 Criminology
H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Faculty of Social and Applied Sciences > School of Psychology, Politics and Sociology
Depositing User: Mark James
Date Deposited: 02 Oct 2018 12:31
Last Modified: 02 Oct 2018 13:37
URI: https://create.canterbury.ac.uk/id/eprint/17659

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