Date of Award

January 2013

Degree Type

Open Access Thesis

Document Type

Master Thesis

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Justice Studies

First Advisor

James B. Wells

Department Affiliation

Justice Studies


Despite the fact that a number of studies have focused on different types of prison victimization, very little research has investigated inmate economic conflict. This study describes the context of inmate economic conflict and examines the factors that may account for the development of this conflict in female housing facilities. The secondary data analysis study is based on validated survey data from 3499 female inmates housed in fifteen correctional facilities located in seven different states. In addition to conducting descriptive statistical analyses, inmate economic conflict scores were regressed on a range of individual-related (background) and social climate-related (environmental) variables. This study found that the social climate factors accounted for more variance in economic conflict than the individual and demographic characteristics of the prisoners. These results provide further evidence that environment is a key factor when it comes to examining inmate economic conflict. Implications of these findings for future research and correctional practice are presented.