Author ORCID Identifier
Armstrong - https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6003-0031
Criminal Justice Policy Review
Sexual violence in adult correctional facilities led to the enactment of the 2003 Prison Rape Elimination Act as one approach to reducing this form of institutional violence. The current study examined collective bargaining agreements governing correctional agencies to identify impediments that may impact administrators’ responses to sexual violence, specifically in instances of allegations of staff–inmate sexual misconduct. In addition, structured interviews and focus groups with correctional administrators and labor representatives were used to develop policy recommendations. Contract language and interview participants demonstrated that a myriad of cultural and structural characteristics of prisons as well as pragmatic considerations may serve to inhibit the implementation of some policy changes. Interview participants identified several insights about contemporary prison settings and modifications that may aid in reducing some forms of institutional violence.
Armstrong, G.S., Longmire, D., Dretke, D.J., & Steinmetz, K. (2013). Impediments of labor contracts on prison administrators'' response to staff-inmate sexual misconduct. Criminal Justice Policy Review, 25(3), 325-346. https://doi.org/10.1177/0887403412469542