"You Know Who You Can Go To": Cooperation and Exchange Between Incarcerated Women

Theresa A. Severance, Eastern Connecticut State University

ABSTRACT
This paper builds on prior research examining relationship formation among incarcerated women. Qualitative data, based on unstructured, in-depth interviews with 40 incarcerated women, underscore the benefits of inmate relationships and their support functions. Utilizing exchange theory, this paper examines how female inmates perceive their relationships with each other and assesses the role of these relationships in women's adaptation to incarceration.

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