The Effect of Gang Membership on Prison Rule Violations

Kevin D. Cannon, Salem State College

ABSTRACT
This paper explores the role of gang membership in the commission of prison rule violations. It has been reported that gangs account for a substantial proportion of disciplinary problems within prisons today. This study compares a sample of 200 identified gang inmates and 200 identified non-gang inmates in a midwest state. The samples are analyzed using a weighting procedure which allows gang membership to be entered as an independent variable in a tobit analysis. The two samples are then analyzed separately, with the respective coefficients compared across the samples to determine if the effect of independent variables are different for gang members than non-gang members.

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