Prison Architecture and Inmate Misconduct - A Multilevel Assessment




Robert G. Morris, John L. Worrall

Crime & Delinquency

October 2014





Researchers have not yet devoted sufficient attention to the effect of prison architecture on inmate misconduct. Using data from the population of male prisoners in Texas, the authors explored the association between two prison architectural design types (as determined by satellite imagery) and inmate misconduct. The results from multilevel statistical analyses suggest that architectural design is associated with nonviolent misconduct but not violent misconduct. Policy implications and directions for future research are discussed.








Human Services and Justice Coordinating Committee