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Incarcerated Interactions

A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication


Edited By Erik D. Fritsvold and Jonathan M. Bowman

Incarcerated Interactions: A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication is an innovative, applied edited book that uses core interdisciplinary social science theories to analyze and describe the social psychology and sociology of communicative interactions amongst incarcerated individuals. Beginning with the fundamentals of human interactions, this edited volume allows scholars across a variety of disciplines (such as criminology, sociology, communication studies, social psychology, anthropology, and economics) to become familiar with and apply the core principles and the requisite terminology of human communication within a criminological context. Each of the four sections of the text not only build upon the knowledge structures of previous chapters, but also function as stand-alone analyses and/or applications of extant scholarship within essential contexts. From a general discussion of core social science theory to the specific application of that theory in a range of scholarly contexts, this book addresses relevant issues such as mental illness and wellness, the gendered experience of inmates, recidivism rates, violence, the criminogenic effect of incarceration and the large-scale implications of prison gangs and their associated cultural influence, to name a few.

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17. Sexual Assault & Territoriality: The Prison Rape Elimination Act : Jordan Vaughn


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17. Sexual Assault & Territoriality: The Prison Rape Elimination Act


Sexual assault takes place every day in prisons across the United States. The Prison Rape Elimination Act attempted to eradicate this problem by implementing policies and standards to all Federal and State prisons. To no avail, sexual assault continues to be an issue. In order to be successful, the unincarcerated must understand the reasoning behind these attacks before effective change can be made. By integrating proxemics and power theories, the reasons behind sexual assault in prison will be understood. If the Prison Rape Elimination Act is to become successful, it is time to look at prison culture with a new, innovative lens.

Sexual assault is integrated within prison culture. It takes on many forms and can occur at any time anywhere. Rape is the crime most often associated with sexual assault in prison. Research gathered in 2011 claimed that 4% of prison inmates are sexually abused annually (JDI, 2013). In 2007 The Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS) team completed research on sexual assault in prison by conducting a random sample of 146 State and Federal prisons, concluding that 60,500 prisoners were sexually abused that year. Many inmates must live with this fear of potentially becoming a victim of sexual assault; it causes correctional environments to be dangerous for the prisoners, which undermines their rehabilitation process. Also the psychological effects of sexual assault victims cannot...

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