Exploring Regional Variation in the Availability of Prison Programming for Minority Populations

Shannan M. Catalano, University of Missouri - St. Louis

ABSTRACT
This research examines the availability of programming resources for minority prison populations and is informed by the power threat perspective. The power threat hypothesis states that as threatening acts or minority populations increase in size, dominant groups react to maintain power differentials. However, criticisms of this perspective point out that powerful groups and minorities are not static entities. Using data from the 1995 Census of State and Federal Prisons, the present research attends to some of these criticisms by examining variation according to geographical region, characteristics of decision makers, and the minority population affected.

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