The second aim was to describe how misconducts varied by security classification status.
What might have accounted for the pattern of misconducts found here?
The study sought to provide a description of women's pattern of misconducts by security classification.
Comparison with men's misconducts is also important in future research (Tischler & Marquart, 1989).
Distribution of misconducts by category Misconduct Category: examples % Disorderly behaviour: abusive gestures/language, 22.6 threats, verbal altercation, obstruct an offer Disobeys rule/order: leaves work or cell without 16.4 permission, disobeys order Alcohol/drug: uses alcohol/drug, has utensils, 15.4 refuses drug test, homebrew Damage property: own, institution, other inmates, 12.7 graffiti Assaults: assaults officers or other prisoner, 12.3 fighting Unapproved article: in cell or on person, trying 11.5 to give an article to an inmate/visitor Other offences against good order: nuisance, 8.7 tattooing, unapproved contact Missing 0.6 Total 100.0 Table 3.
Predicting prison misconducts. Criminal Justice and Behavior, 24, 414-431.
The first pattern is where the rate of misconduct increases with higher security classification.
The second trend that researchers have interpreted as indicating that a classification tool is valid is where the rate of misconduct remains equivalent at all levels of security.
For example, when a prisoner commits no misconduct is this because her internal security risk is well managed (i.e., suppressed) by the level of security, or because her internal security risk is low and she could be appropriately managed at lower security?
Relatedly, the assumption that higher security suppresses internal security risk, and therefore suppresses the rate and seriousness of misconduct, has not been empirically evaluated.
In conclusion, the risk of a prisoner committing misconduct comprises a range of individual and environmental variables and their interactions.
The outcome of prison misconduct hearings is recorded in the prison's misconduct logbook.