'Without fists' : age-mixing and its influence on safety and criminal contamination in women's prisons

Goldingay, Sophie 2012, 'Without fists' : age-mixing and its influence on safety and criminal contamination in women's prisons, Youth studies Australia, vol. 31, no. 2, pp. 17-25.

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Title 'Without fists' : age-mixing and its influence on safety and criminal contamination in women's prisons
Author(s) Goldingay, Sophie
Journal name Youth studies Australia
Volume number 31
Issue number 2
Start page 17
End page 25
Total pages 9
Publisher Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Place of publication Hobart, Tas.
Publication date 2012-06
ISSN 1038-2569
1839-4914
Keyword(s) young prisoners
victimisation
age-mixing
young women
violence
prison culture
Summary Prisons are often considered to be places where violence and intimidation prevail, and where young prisoners are at risk of victimisation from adult prisoners. For this reason, youth in custody are housed separately from adult offenders in most Western jurisdictions. In New Zealand, for a variety of reasons, a separate facility for young women in custody is not provided as it is for young men. Therefore, researchers were able to conduct a study to investigate the experience of age-mixing from the point of view of young women in custody. Dominant notions of what constitutes contamination and who perpetrates violence in the custodial setting have been challenged as a result of analysis of this data. In fact, young women who were age-mixed in custody asserted that age-mixing has the effect of decreasing the degree and impact of the prevailing violent culture.
Language eng
Field of Research 119999 Medical and Health Sciences not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2012, Australian Clearinghouse for Youth Studies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30047252

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