Subculture of Violence in Youth Correctional Institutions

Isabella Riggs, Dr. Daniel Scott, Department of Criminology and Criminal Justice, University of West Florida, 11000 University Pkwy, 32514

Unwritten rules perpetuated by the subculture of violence can dictate whether or not a fight may take place at a youth correctional institution. This dynamic is understood not only by youth within the facility but also by the staff that surrounds them. However, research thus far on the culture within youth correctional institutions is limited. Identifying this issue through qualitative research allows for a more in-depth understanding of the prevalence and processes related to the subculture of violence within youth correctional institutions. This is accomplished through open coding in-depth interviews with youth correctional staff. Various themes were identified that highlighted the importance of the youth correctional setting in establishing and maintaining the subculture of violence among incarcerated youth. The results have implications for both theory and youth correctional policies and programs. Ultimately, understanding this subculture of violence can provide insight into the complexities within youth correctional institutions.

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Isabella Riggs

Institution: University of West Florida

Type: Poster

Subject: Criminology/Criminal Justice

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 5
Date/Time: Tue 12:30pm-1:30pm
Session Number: 4067