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By Rosevelt L. Noble

Noble's thesis is that African-American inmates shipping "black rage" into the criminal culture, which considerably impacts criminal violence premiums. He unearths earlier reviews superficial and increases the bar for destiny examinations by way of offering a delicate and taboo conception to give an explanation for the robust racial styles saw in felony victimization. Noble's paintings helps the importation thought of the inmate way of life proposed by way of Irwin and Cressey. He builds on their thought by means of advocating for the inclusion of race and different cultural elements about the inmate and employees populations into predicative versions. He concludes that prisons with better racial disparities among the inmate and employees populations adventure better employees attack charges.

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Their study included survey data gathered from a sample of 238 prison guards from the Stateville and Joliet maximum-security prisons in Illinois. The survey contained background information and attitudinal items measuring racial variations in response to statements about different aspects of prison life. There were four important findings from the work of Jacobs and Kraft (1978). First, Black guards perceived themselves as having a more positive working relationship with inmates than White guards.

The prison setting presumably removes Black inmates from the source of their failure; therefore, White guards become “a convenient and highly visible symbol of White economic dominance and authority over Blacks lacking the footing to gain equality” (Fox 1982: 65). For Black inmates, the over-representation of Whites in positions of power within the prison structure reinforces the subordinate position of Blacks found within free society. The consistent image of White-power results in the view of White correctional officers as gatekeepers of the larger social system with racist motives and values behind their discretionary judgments (Fox 1982).

And I think they’re needed very much because they can go in and say a few words like, “Look you motherfuckers, calm that shit down, the shit stops now or we’ll bring…” And I can say these things, but I have trouble getting the rap down. They don’t, so they’re very effective people. The statement from the White officer indicates the advantage of Black guards in being able to use their familiarity with Black culture in maintaining prison order. Not only does the White officer lack the familiarity with the language, but there are also certain words and phrases that when used by White officers assume completely different meanings.

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