Addressing Sexual Violence in Prisons [electronic resource] : A National Snapshot of Approaches and Highlights of Innovative Strategies, 2004-2005: [United States] / Janine M. Zweig, Rebecca L. Naser, John Blackmore, Megan Schaffer

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Ann Arbor, Mich. : Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research [distributor], 2017


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AVAILABLE. This study is freely available to the general public.
Summary note
These data are part of NACJD's Fast Track Release and are distributed as they were received from the data depositor. The files have been zipped by NACJD for release, but not checked or processed except for the removal of direct identifiers. Users should refer to the accompanying readme file for a brief description of the files available with this collection and consult the investigator(s) if further information is needed. Before the Prison Rape Elimination Act (PREA) of 2003, it was not clear the extent to which state departments of corrections (DOCs) were addressing sexual violence in systematic ways. In fact, little information existed about what strategies were being put into practice in prison systems across the country. PREA changed the way DOCs addressed prison sexual violence (PSV). Mandatory recordkeeping and a push for eliminating such incidents moved many DOCs to develop specific responses to PSV or to further refine approaches already in place. The purpose of this project was to provide a national snapshot of DOC initiatives to address PSV, as well as to identify specific practices that seemed to be, in the absence of formal evaluations, particularly promising or innovative in nature. Researchers conducted three tasks: (1) The Survey of State Correctional Administrators (SSCA) involving written surveys and follow-up phone interviews with leaders of state DOCs. During the survey, state administrators described the state's overall approach to PSV and nominated specific strategies as particularly promising; (2) The Survey of Promising Practices (SPP) involving phone interviews with DOC representatives who spoke about promising practices nominated during the SSCA. Interviews were conducted with facility directors, service providers, or other state personnel affiliated with nominated approaches; and (3) Case studies involving site visits to states that researchers determined could provide the most informative lessons on addressing sexual violence in prison to the largest audience of practitioners, researchers, and policymakers. The collection includes 2 Access databases, one each for the SSCA (ASCA_4_6_2006.directors.mdb) and the SSP (ASCA_FAC_4_6_2006.prompractices.mdb). The data related to the Case Studies are not available at this time. Cf:
Title from ICPSR DDI metadata of 2017-03-27.
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United States
Funding information
United States Department of Justice. Office of Justice Programs. National Institute of Justice 2004-RP-BX-0001
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Mode of access: Intranet.
Methodology note
Survey of State Correctional Administrators (ASCA_4_6_2006.directors.mdb): The Department of Corrections for each state in the United States between November, 2004 and June, 2005. Survey of Promising Practices (ASCA_FAC_4_6_2006.prompractices.mdb): Initiatives undertaken by state Departments of Corrections in the United States prior to March, 2005.
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