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Crime News: Do Inmates Convicted of Murder Commit Violent Crime While in Prison?

Crime News: Sorensen and Cunningham examined the characteristics and disciplinary data of approximately 70,000 inmates in the Florida Department of Corrections (FDOC) in 2002and 2003 to study the relationship between conviction offense and prison violence.The main focus of the study was to assess whether inmates convicted of homicide were more violence-prone than other offenders. The authors examined differences among those convicted of varying degrees of homicide (first degree, second-degree, and lesser homicide).

This study produced several findings that were consistent with previous research. There was a low frequency of serious assaults in Florida prisons and prior prison commitment and gang membership were associated with an increased risk of violent misconduct.

Additionally, men were more likely than women to be involved in violent rule violations.

Of those convicted of homicide, the degree of homicide for which they were convicted appeared to have little effect on violent misconduct in prison.

Most importantly, prisoners convicted of homicide did not account for a disproportionate share of prison violence, however defined. Finally, prisoners convicted of homicide were not significantly more likely to engage in disciplinary misconduct or commit acts of institutional violence than other inmates.

The study, Violence: A Comparative Study of Murderers and Other Offenders Crime & Delinquency at:

Conviction Offense and Prison, is available in the January 2010 issue ofhttp://cad.sagepub.com/cgi/content/abstract/56/1/103

 See http://www.ojp.usdoj.gov/BJA/evaluation/e-news/jan10.pdf

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