University of Hertfordshire

Gang activity in English prisons: The staff perspective

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages26
Pages (from-to)167-192
JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
Journal publication date1 Jan 2001
Volume7
Issue2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

Abstract

Gang behaviour has been associated with serious problems in American prisons (e.g., Fong and Buentello, 1991). This study explored the possible existence of indicators of gang activity in English prisons. Surveys of problems consistent with gang activity were completed by 374 prison staff in 16 prisons that were representative of the English Prison Estate. Results showed significant differences between categories of institution. The most gang-related activity was reported in male Medium security prisons and Young Offender Institutions. The lowest reported incidence was in both male Low and High security prisons. Female establishments demonstrated levels lower only than Medium security male prisons. Discussion focuses concern on the levels of gang activity apparently present in the Medium security English Prisons and suggests directions for further research.

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