Smoke 'em If You Got 'em--But Not in Prison: A Study of Behavioral Changes After a State-Sanctioned Smoking Ban

William J. Hartley, Indiana Dept. of Correction/Western Mich.

It has been fairly well established that cessation of use of tobacco products has been related to behavioral and personality changes in humans. This study uses interrupted time-series analysis to examine changing monthly disciplinary rates in a Midwestern maximum security prison following the state-sanctioned ban on use of all tobacco-related products on September 1, 1997. Control variables in the study include offender race, serious verses order maintenance disciplinary violations, and offender population. The initial findings show an abrupt permanent increase in the disciplinary rate following the tobacco ban. The paper concludes with a discussion of the policy implications of this study for corrections management.

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