Institutional Violence and Misconduct, Assessment and Management of

Effective assessment and management of institutional violence and misconduct generally begin with effective theory. The three most popular theories of institutional violence and misconduct are the deprivation model, the importation model, and the three models (control, responsibility, and consensual) that make up John DiIulio’s administrative management theory. This entry provides an overview of each theory or model, followed by a review of associated assessment and management issues.


Deprivation Model

The deprivation model of inmate behavior holds that the rigid, coercive, and punitive conditions found in jails and prisons are responsible for institutional violence and misconduct. Gresham M. Sykes discussed the pains of imprisonment which he believed were brought on by deprivations in five areas: autonomy, security, access to goods and services, freedom of movement, and heterosexual ...

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