Assessing the therapeutic climate of prisons

Day, Andrew, Casey, Sharon, Vess, Jim, and Huisy, Gina (2012) Assessing the therapeutic climate of prisons. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 39 (2). pp. 156-168.

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This study examined perceptions of the prison social climate in two Australian prisons from the perspective of both prison staff and prisoners. Ratings of social climate were compared between a specialist treatment prison that provides intensive rehabilitation programs to violent, sexual, and substance-using offenders and a mainstream prison that does not specialize in offender rehabilitation. The results suggested that staff and prisoners at the specialist treatment prison rated the social climate as more conducive to rehabilitation, although the differences were less pronounced for prisoners. These findings are discussed in relation to the development of specialist therapeutic prisons and how assessments of social climate might inform assessments of their success.

Item ID: 47175
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-3594
Keywords: prison social climate, therapeutic climate, therapeutic milieu, therapeutic community, rehabilitation
Funders: Criminology Research Council (CRC)
Date Deposited: 18 Jan 2017 07:50
FoR Codes: 18 LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES > 1899 Other Law and Legal Studies > 189999 Law and Legal Studies not elsewhere classified @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9404 Justice and the Law > 940408 Rehabilitation and Correctional Services @ 100%
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