Moving visitation research forward: The Arizona Prison Visitation Project

Melinda Tasca, Kevin A. Wright, Jillian J. Turanovic, Clair White, Nancy Rodriguez

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Although the prison visitation literature is advancing in significant ways, it remains slowed by a reliance on a limited methodological approach. Here, we advocate for a new way to study visitation through the use of a mixed-method design. We discuss what knowledge can be gleaned by examining visitation differently and describe our efforts to do so by introducing a new data source: the Arizona Prison Visitation Project (APVP). This article outlines the methodology of the APVP and details the data collection process. We conclude with a discussion on how the APVP can be useful for guiding future research and policy.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)55-67
Number of pages13
JournalCriminology, Criminal Justice, Law and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - 2016


  • Data collection
  • Mixed methods
  • Prison visitation
  • Prisoners

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Sociology and Political Science


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