Inmate Adjustment to Prison

  • Lynne Goodstein
  • Kevin N. Wright
Part of the Law, Society and Policy book series (LSPO, volume 4)


Since the publication of The Prison Community (Clemmer, 1940) virtually thousands of books and articles have been published on prison life and the adjustment of prisoners to their confinement. Most authors depict prison life as destructive to inmates who reenter community life with increased knowledge concerning the mechanics of crime and a reserve of bitterness toward “the system.” In recent years, researchers have recognized that whereas incarceration impacts adversely on some prisoners, others cope relatively well with the stresses of confinement. Researchers have begun to identify factors, both external to the prison environment and internal to the inmate, as well as combinations of these factors that may influence the type of adjustment an inmate makes.


Control Belief Prison Inmate Correctional Officer Correctional Community Female Prisoner 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lynne Goodstein
    • 1
  • Kevin N. Wright
    • 2
  1. 1.Administration of Justice DepartmentThe Pennsylvania State UniversityUniversity ParkUSA
  2. 2.Center for Education and Social ResearchState University of New York at BinghamtonBinghamtonUSA

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