Risk Markers for Sexual Victimization and Predation in Prison

By Janet I. Warren, Shelly L. Jackson

© 2013 – Routledge

280 pages | 10 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

In 2003, the US Senate and Congress passed the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA), prompting a number of research projects that cumulatively began to broaden and deepen our understanding of this complex aspect of prison life. Risk Markers for Sexual Victimization and Predation in Prison contains the results of Dr. Warren and Dr. Jackson’s study, and it extends the literature on prison rape in important and distinct ways. Their research, which encompasses the full continuum of sexual behavior among incarcerated individuals, succeeds in identifying multi-layered predictive models for different types of sexual behavior across and within genders. The process by which the authors came to their study design, their experiences while implementing it, and the nature and significance of their findings, represent the content of this book.


"This book is an excellent example of all the correct ways to devise and develop a large research project through to the final reporting of results and discussion of the importance of the findings. As a teacher of research methods to graduate students, I now have lengthy and specific examples of the differences between a Result and a Discussion section of a dissertation. In the area of community research, this book explodes the myth that a researcher or evaluator knows what to inquire about on the basis of past research." -Leslie B. Rosen, PsycCRITIQUES

"Risk Markers for Sexual Victimization and Predation in Prison is the most important book on the sexual exploitation of incarcerated men and women ever written. Drs. Janet Warren and Shelly Jackson show how to use cutting-edge science to accurately identify which inmates will become predators and which will become prey. This remarkable work could and should go far in eliminating the disgrace of prison rape." - John Monahan, Shannon Distinguished Professor of Law, Psychology, and Psychiatric Medicine, University of Virginia

"Clinical Risk Assessment is a relatively new field and this book is of inestimable value in better understanding its application in the prison arena. In their exceptional work, Drs. Warren and Jackson identify several factors which serve as risk markers for the sexual victimization and/or predation of incarcerated offenders. You cannot read this book and fail to appreciate the expertise and dedication the authors bring to this complex and multifaceted topic." - Robert R. "Roy" Hazelwood, the Academy Group, Inc, Manassas, Virginia

"Warren and Jackson's landmark study of prison sex pulls back the curtain on one of the great untold stories of life in custody. The authors capture the complex interplay among various types of sex in prison. Their findings should have a profound impact on policies intended to bring order to prison life, to improve safety for inmates and staff, and to discipline coercive offenders." - Park Dietz, M.D., M.P.H., Ph.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA

Table of Contents

1. An Introduction to the Prison Rape Elimination Act 2. Methodology 3. The Sexual Behavior of Incarcerated Men and Women 4. Childhood Adverse Life Experiences and Adolescent Violence as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization 5. Community and Institutional Violence as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization 6. Patterns of Sexual Adaptation as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization 7. Affective and Perceptual States as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization 8. Personality Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization 9. Structured and Actuarial Violence Risk Instruments as Risk Markers for Sexual Predation and Victimization 10. CHAID Classification for Sexual Behavior in Prison 11. Conclusions and Recommendations Appendix A. Assessing Generalizability Appendix B. Training of Interviewers and Reliability of Interview Measures: University of Virginia Coding Team

About the Authors

Janet I. Warren, DSW, is Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences in the University of Virginia School of Medicine and Director of the RestoringYouth© program at the Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy at the University of Virginia. She is the University of Virginia liaison to the Behavioral Sciences Unit of the FBI and a member of the FBI National Center for the Analysis of Violent Crime Research Advisory Board. She is an associate of Park Dietz and Associates (PD&A) and a practicing psychoanalyst in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Shelly L. Jackson, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Neurobehavioral Sciences, School of Medicine, Institute of Law, Psychiatry, and Public Policy, University of Virginia. Dr. Jackson was a post-doctoral fellow in the Psychology and Law program at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Subsequently, Dr. Jackson was awarded the Society for Research in Child Development Executive Branch Policy Fellowship and membership in the American Association for the Advancement of Science. For three years she was a Social Science Analyst with the National Institute of Justice, US Department of Justice, in the Violence and Victimization division.

About the Series

International Perspectives on Forensic Mental Health

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The goal of this series is to improve the quality of health care services in forensic settings by providing a forum for discussing issues related to policy, administration, clinical practice, and research.

The series will cover topics such as mental health law; the organization and administration of forensic services for people with mental disorder; the development, implementation and evaluation of treatment programs for mental disorder in civil and criminal justice settings; the assessment and management of violence risk, including risk of sexual violence and family violence; and staff selection, training, and development in forensic systems.

The book series will consider proposals for both monographs and edited works on these and similar topics, with special consideration given to proposals that promote best practice and are relevant to international audiences.

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Forensic Psychology
PSYCHOLOGY / Psychopathology / General