This project will use participatory action research to accomplish three short-term objectives, with the long-term goal of using data collected to author a book, several articles, and major grant proposals to replicate the study in women’s prisons across the South. First, we will determine patterns in how women incarcerated in South Carolina envision the role of prison in shaping their understandings and interpretations of their life experiences, current beliefs, and expectations for the future. Second, we will ascertain patterns in how staff at South Carolina women’s prisons characterize their work environment’s role in shaping their life trajectories, personal values, and long-term professional goals. Third, we will utilize findings obtained by completing the first two objectives to work collaboratively with the South Carolina Department of Corrections (SCDC) to improve prison social climate in women’s prisons.
In the Media
Dr. Adam Lankford recently published a study on the 2016 Dallas and Baton Rouge cop killers, who committed two of the worst targeted attacks on American police officers in recent history — within eleven days of each other.