Research summary: Harsh Conditions Contribute to Inmate Violence in Prison

Dec 31, 2014

A study was conducted to determine the impact of physical building conditions in federal prisons on inmates’ levels of violence.

This research summary, prepared by the AIA Academy of Architecture for Justice (AAJ) in 2014, is adapted from:
Author: David M. Bierie, United States Marshals Service, Arlington, Virginia
Article Title: Is Tougher Better? The Impact of Physical Prison Conditions on Inmate Violence
Publisher: Sage
Publication: International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology
Publication Type: Refereed Journal
Date of Publication: April 2011
Volume: 56
Issue: 3
Pages: 338-355

Caren Martin (Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC)
Denise Guerin (Martin & Guerin Design Research, LLC)
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The American Institute of Architects

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