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EXPLORATIONS IN INMATE-FAMILY RELATIONSHIPS

NCJ Number
2459
Author(s)
N HOLT; D MILLER
Date Published
1972
Length
64 pages
Annotation
ALTHOUGH THE MAINTENANCE OF FAMILY TIES DOES NOT SEEM TO IMPROVE AN INMATE'S INSTITUTIONAL BEHAVIOR, STUDIES SUGGEST IT INCREASES THE PROBABILITY OF PAROLE SUCCESS.
Abstract
THESE FINDINGS SUGGEST THAT IT MIGHT BE WELL TO VIEW AN INMATE'S FAMILY AS A PRIME TREATMENT AGENT AND FAMILY CONTACTS AS A MAJOR CORRECTIONAL TECHNIQUE. ACCORDINGLY, ARGUMENTS AND RECOMMENDATIONS ARE MADE AGAINST INSTITUTIONAL PROCEDURES AND LOCATIONS WHICH IMPEDE VISITS. EXPANDED RELEASE AND FAMILY VISIT PROGRAMS ARE SUGGESTED, SINCE PROLONGED IMPRISONMENT LEADS TO A DETERIORATION OF FAMILY TIES.