PhD Proposal Presentation by Catharine Phillips
Prisoner and institutional correlates of prison misconduct within Western Australian prisons.
Maintaining a safe and secure prison environment is paramount to the Western Australian prison system and managing offending within the prison environment is essential to this process. Justifiably so, there are potentially serious consequences for prisoners who come to the attention of staff by involving themselves in prison offending.
The proposed research will examine the influence of prisoner and institutional characteristics on prison offending in Western Australia. The aim of this research is to assist prison administrators by giving them additional knowledge as to which characteristics affect the rates and types of prison offending in Western Australia.
Prison offence data along with details of prisoner and institutional characteristics will be collected from a sample of prisoners over a 12 month period from the Department of Corrective Services' Total Offender Management Solutions (TOMS) database. The findings of this research will facilitate the management of prisoners and may ultimately assist in the implementation of strategies designed to reduce the rates of prison offending.