Criminal Justice Faculty Publications and Presentations

Social support and the gendered experience of incarceration in South Korean prisons

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Although many studies on social support have demonstrated promising evidence of positive outcomes in a variety of criminal justice settings, not enough empirical research has been conducted on gender effects in a prison setting. Using a sample of 359 Korean inmates (303 men and 56 women), this study examines whether social support lessens involvement in prison misconduct and whether male and female inmates are similarly affected. The findings indicate that female inmates are less likely to engage in misconduct than male inmates. In addition, whereas male inmates are provided with more institutional social support than female inmates, female inmates are more likely to be provided with more informal social support than male inmates. Implications for further research and correctional policy are discussed.


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Journal of Ethnicity in Criminal Justice