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Survey of Inmate Victimization and Extortion In the Oregon Prison System Executive Summary



There is some evidence that certain inmates use their seniority, status, knowledge, or other sources of power to victimize and extort less powerful inmates (Toch, 1992) and that physical, psychological, and sexual violence occurs within many correctional institutions throughout the United States. Inmate extortion and/or victimization could exist within Oregon’s prison system as well. As part of ODOC’s larger effort to examine rates of extortion the Research and Evaluation unit conducted a study in six Oregon prisons. Purpose • Estimate the incidence of extortion and victimization among inmates in the five largest male institutions and the only female institution in Oregon; • Compare rates of extortion and victimization between male and female inmates; • Compare rates of extortion and victimization between inmates with developmental disabilities (DD) and the general population; • Determine patterns of extortion and victimization among different inmate groups (i.e., males, females, DD)

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Year: 2011
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