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Threats in Prisons

In prison environments, people are at a high risk of being victimized—for example, through verbal intimidation, theft, or exploitation. Tactics used when disputes such as threats or accusations arise are often reciprocal, tending to escalate conflicts into violence. This entry explores the prevalence of violence in prisons, factors that contribute to the escalation of conflicts into violence, and prevention efforts toward reducing threats to prisoners’ safety.

Prevalence of Violence and Victimization in Prison

Research in England into the background circumstances of assaults in prisons is provided here as empirical evidence regarding the levels of victimization among prisoners. In 2015, in England and Wales, in a national prisoner population of over 86,000, there were over 20,000 assaults by prisoners on other prisoners, one in 10 of which were ...

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