Inside Out: Prison Culture and Anticipatory Resocialization

Michelle Inderbitzin, Oregon State University

This research uses data from the 1997 Survey of Inmates to test Stanton Wheeler's hypothesis (1961) that state inmates will be most conforming in the early and late phases of their sentences, and most "prisonized" in the middle stretch of their confinement. In particular, contact with the outside community is compared in an attempt to see whether anticipatory resocialization takes place as inmates conclude their sentences and prepare to leave prison. The findings suggest that women and men prioritize different things as they face reentry; these gender differences in the results will be discussed.

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