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“Where “Old Heads” Prevail: Inmate Hierarchy in a Men’s Prison Unit” published in American Sociological Review

Derek Kreager (Justice Center for Research Faculty Affiliate), Jacob Young (ASU), Dana Haynie (OSU), Martin Bouchard (Simon Fraser University), David Schaefer (UC Irvine), and Gary Zajac (Justice Center for Research Director) recently published an article in American Sociological Review. The article titled, “Where “Old Heads” Prevail: Inmate Hierarchy in a Men’s Prison Unit” uses narrative and social network data from inmates in a Pennsylvania prison to support the proposition that older and more experienced inmates ("old heads") serve as role models on the unit, fostering a positive and stable peer environment, as has been suggested by previous prison ethnographies.

The article is now available online:

http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/0003122417710462