Gang activity in English prisons: The staff perspective

Jane Wood, Joanna Adler

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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.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)167-192
Number of pages26
JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
Volume7
Issue number2
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2001
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • Prison culture
  • Prison gangs
  • Prison violence
  • Prisonization

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