What Strain? We Run This Place: Strain Theory, Race, and Rule Violations committed by Prison Gang Members

Kevin D. Cannon, Southern Illinois University-Edwardsville

This paper will test hypotheses derived from Strain theory regarding the relationship between the commission of prison rule violations and an inmate's gang status. Prior researh has suggested that prison gangs engage in ahigher number of prison rule violations than non-gang inmates. Prior research has also shown that minority inmates are more likely to commit rule violations. The interaction between gang status and race has not been thoroughly tested in the past. The current study examines these issues by using strain theory as an explanatory framework.

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