Inmate relationships with prison staff: Research roundup

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News Article

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2015 collection of studies and reports focusing on inappropriate relationships between inmates and prison employees, anti-fraternization policies and growth in the number of female prison guards.

During a routine bed check in June 2015, guards at the Clinton Correctional Facility in New York discovered that two inmates had vanished. Richard Matt and David Sweat escaped the state’s largest maximum-security prison, triggering a manhunt by federal and local authorities. Authorities believed the men had help escaping and, by the end of June, arrested two people they said were accomplices. News agencies reported that the two alleged accomplices were a corrections officer and a supervisor in the prison tailor shop. The high-profile break-out shed light on the problematic relationships that can develop between inmates and prison staff within the American correctional system.

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Journalist’s Resource, as a Harvard Kennedy School's Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy & the Carnegie-Knight Initiative