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Daniel Butler publishes study on how incarceration impacts women

Daniel Butler, assistant professor of sociology, had his study, “Understanding How In-prison Experiences Influence Female Offenders’ Maladjustment to Prison,” published in the Dec. 23, 2019, online edition of Justice Quarterly.

In this paper, Butler examined whether what women experience while in prison influences assaults, filing of grievances and mental health problems. The results of the study revealed that confinement in restrictive housing increases the likelihood of grievance reports and mental health issues. However, Butler also discovered that when women have positive relationships with prison staff, assaults and grievance reports decline.

Read the study.