Getting in (and staying in) when everyone else wants to get out: 10 lessons learned from conducting research with inmates

Kathleen Fox, Katheryn Zambrana, Jodi Lane

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Abstract

The current study aims to provide researchers interested in conducting research using inmates with information and recommendations based on our experiences studying jail inmates. While prior research has begun to identify lessons learned about obtaining access to criminal justice agencies and lessons about establishing positive researcher-practitioner relationships during the process, little is known about the specific challenges associated with data collection efforts after obtaining access to facilities. Therefore, this article aims to provide researchers with information and recommendations primarily on the issues and challenges of studying inmates after gaining entry to correctional facilities. Ten lessons are offered that highlight a variety of challenges that arise from conducting research with inmate populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)304-327
Number of pages24
JournalJournal of Criminal Justice Education
Volume22
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2011
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Law

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