Casting light on prison violence in Scotland: evaluating the impact of situational factors

David J. Cooke, Ed Wozniak, Lorraine Johnstone

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Abstract

Violence among prisoners and that between prisoners and staff is a perennial concern for all prison systems. That violent prisoners are only violent in certain circumstances suggests a need to develop ways to understand not only the origins of violence in prison but also the situational contexts in which violence occurs. The technology of risk assessment has evolved dramatically in the last decade; however, the focus on individual risk factors has been at the expense of a de-emphasizing of the role of situational factors. In this article, evidence for the importance of situational factors in relation to prison violence is considered.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1065-1078
Number of pages14
JournalCriminal Justice and Behavior
Volume35
Issue number8
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2008

Keywords

  • prison violence
  • clinical psychology

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