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Elle Gray ACF Abstract FY12

"Exploring Male and Female Inmate Misconduct"

2012 Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences (ACJS) Annual Meeting: Sustainable Justice

There has been a great deal of research conducted that has examined inmate behavior. Two of the most prominent theories offered to explain this behavior are importation and deprivation theory. The existing research has not provided consistent conclusions on which theories best explain inmate behavior; further, much of the existing research has examined the behavior of male inmates only. Using data on inmates incarcerated in the North Carolina Department of Corrections between 2005 and 2009, the current research attempts to determine if importation and deprivation variables are related to inmate misconduct, and whether there are differences across male and female institutional behavior, particularly misconduct.