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Supervise Whom? Disciplinary Offenses Committed by Incarcerated Persons

NCJ Number
Forum on Corrections Research Volume: 5 Issue: 2 Dated: May 1993 Pages: 35-38
M. Ouimet
Date Published
May 1993
4 pages
Data on disciplinary offenses that occurred between November 1991 and August 1992 in two correctional institutions in Quebec, Canada, were used to analyze behavioral differences between accused and convicted inmates.
The analysis also considered whether disciplinary offenses were more likely to occur within particular security levels. Results revealed that the accused (remand) inmates were slightly less likely than sentenced inmates to display prohibited behavior. In addition, inmates incarcerated in the high-security sector were considerably more likely than those incarcerated in medium security or minimum security to display prohibited behavior. Furthermore, in the high-security sector, accused inmates were more likely than convicted inmates to commit disciplinary offenses. In contrast, in the lower-security sectors, accused inmates were less likely than convicted inmates to display prohibited behavior. Findings indicated that classifying inmates on the level of supervision needed is a more accurate management tool than classifying by legal status. Moreover, grouping similar inmates together has several advantages in terms of inmate access to programs and correctional facility security. Figures, table, and footnotes