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Imminent Threat as an Explanation for Prison Homicide

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Since Clemmer (1958) first published his seminal work The Prison Community scholars have attempted to explain the violent behaviors of prisoners. Clemmer’s prisonization model asserts that the prison violence occurs as prisoners adapt to the stress of imprisonment. This perspective dominated the prison violence literature until the late 20th century when the importation model was introduced explaining prison violence instead as a result of behaviors prisoners brought to prison. Recent work provides support for the integration of both perspectives. Remaining unanswered, however, is consideration of the relationship between victim and perpetrator, a central factor in discussions of “free world” homicides.

This study explores structural and individual characteristics of both perpetrator and victim of prison homicide as a means to consider mediating factors that may demonstrate the justifiable nature prison homicides. This investigation will evaluate the concept of imminent threat and the self defense argument in prison homicide. Data collected from the court and correctional records for both perpetrators and victims in cases of prosecution of inmate on inmate homicides in one jurisdiction will be applied to extend the theoretical approaches to prison killings and to evaluate the reasonableness of an argument of self defense in such cases.
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Hadwiger, Joy. "Imminent Threat as an Explanation for Prison Homicide" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA, Nov 04, 2009 <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 <http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373094_index.html>

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Hadwiger, J. , 2009-11-04 "Imminent Threat as an Explanation for Prison Homicide" Paper presented at the annual meeting of the ASC Annual Meeting, Philadelphia Marriott Downtown, Philadelphia, PA <Not Available>. 2014-11-28 from http://citation.allacademic.com/meta/p373094_index.html

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Abstract: Since Clemmer (1958) first published his seminal work The Prison Community scholars have attempted to explain the violent behaviors of prisoners. Clemmer’s prisonization model asserts that the prison violence occurs as prisoners adapt to the stress of imprisonment. This perspective dominated the prison violence literature until the late 20th century when the importation model was introduced explaining prison violence instead as a result of behaviors prisoners brought to prison. Recent work provides support for the integration of both perspectives. Remaining unanswered, however, is consideration of the relationship between victim and perpetrator, a central factor in discussions of “free world” homicides.

This study explores structural and individual characteristics of both perpetrator and victim of prison homicide as a means to consider mediating factors that may demonstrate the justifiable nature prison homicides. This investigation will evaluate the concept of imminent threat and the self defense argument in prison homicide. Data collected from the court and correctional records for both perpetrators and victims in cases of prosecution of inmate on inmate homicides in one jurisdiction will be applied to extend the theoretical approaches to prison killings and to evaluate the reasonableness of an argument of self defense in such cases.


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