Master of Arts (MA)
First Committee Member
Number of Pages
The number of women in prison is increasing at an alarming rate in the United States today. Because nearly 75 percent of incarcerated women are mothers of minor children, the issue of maintaining family relations deserves special attention. This study examines child visitation and its relationship to female behavior inside the priSon If women who receive visits adjust more easily to prison life, prison administrators would be wise to note these benefits; Data was collected at a private female prison in North Las Vegas, Nevada. Information on visitation and disciplinary infractions was gathered from inmate files and visitation records at the facility. Logistic regression was used to assess the impact of child visitation on inmate behavior. The results indicate that few women receive visits from their children while in prison, and visitation was not a significant predictor of inmate misconduct.
Behavior; Children; Influence; Inmates; Prison; Visits; Women
Criminology; Women's studies; Social psychology; Behaviorism (Psychology)
University of Nevada, Las Vegas
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Cozad, Melissa Marie, "Women in prison: Do visits from children influence inmate behavior?" (1999). UNLV Retrospective Theses & Dissertations. 967.