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Prisons as Self-Regulating Systems - A Comparison of Historical Patterns in California for Male and Female Offenders

NCJ Number
92602
Journal
Law and Society Review Volume: 17 Issue: 4 Dated: (1983) Pages: 547-586
Author(s)
R A Berk; S L Messinger; D Rauma; J E Berecochea
Date Published
1983
Length
40 pages
Annotation
Building on our earlier work testing the stability of punishment hypothesis, we here combine the general modeling strategy previously employed with more behaviorally grounded models of actors' expectations and preferences.
Abstract
Using these tools, we model the historical attempts by criminal justice actors in California to balance prison admissions and releases in an equilibrating manner. We find that there have been efforts to regulate the flow of individuals through prison and that, contrary to expectations, these processes are not very different for males and females. (Publisher abstract)

Date Published: January 1, 1983