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Reducing prison disorder through situational prevention: The Glen Parva experience

Wortley, R; Summers, L; (2005) Reducing prison disorder through situational prevention: The Glen Parva experience. In: Smith, DMJ and Tilley, N, (eds.) Crime science. (85- 103). Willan: London, UK. Green open access

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Abstract

This chapter argues for the utility of adopting a situational approach to preventing violence and other forms of misconduct in prison. While there is an extensive academic literature on the nature and causes of prison disorder, there are few published evaluations of attempts to reduce prison disorder. In contrast, situational prevention involves a micro-level focus and a problem-solving method. A small number of researchers have recognised the potential that the situational prevention model offers for the control of prison disorder. Situational prevention offers prison administrators quick, practical and cost-effective interventions to control prison disorder. In keeping with the behaviour-specific focus of situational prevention, the following analyses examine the institutional responses to three problem behaviours bullying, excessive noise from cell windows and the scalding of staff. The strategies employed at Glen Parva help dispel the common criticism that situational prevention is a draconian approach to behaviour control.

Type: Book chapter
Title: Reducing prison disorder through situational prevention: The Glen Parva experience
ISBN: 1843920891
ISBN-13: 9781843920892
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
Publisher version: https://www.taylorfrancis.com/chapters/edit/10.432...
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > UCL BEAMS > Faculty of Engineering Science > Dept of Security and Crime Science
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1301873
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