Therapeutic Community Prison Inmate Networks Study (TC-PINS)
This study examines the social networks of prison inmates in a prison drug and alcohol therapeutic community (TC).
- Principal Investigator: Derek Kreager, Ph.D., Department of Sociology & Criminology (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Co-Investigators: Gary Zajac, Martin Bouchard (SFU), George DeLeon, (NYU), Dana Haynie (OSU), David Schaefer (ASU), Michaela Soyer (Hunter), Jacob Young (ASU)
About the Project
- The National Institute of Health made an award of $444,084 to Penn State to support this project, for the period August 1, 2015 – July 31, 2017.
- Seed funding was provided by the Justice Center to support development of this project, including collection of pilot data.
- This study is related to the PINS project discussed in the previous section and the R-PINS project under development, discussed under the Justice Center Supported Projects section.
- How does the informal inmate network structure relate to the diffusion of treatment outcomes in a prison-based therapeutic community?
- How do inmates’ positions within the TC network structure relate to their treatment engagement and post-TC drug relapse and criminal recidivism?
- How do informal inmate network structures influence offender reentry?
- Project will focus on inmate social networks in a drug and alcohol treatment therapeutic community (TC) within a State Correctional Institution within the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
- Selection of a specific institution is still being finalized, with an initial wave of data collection anticipated for summer of 2016.
- As with the PINS study, all inmates within a selected TC will be recruited for participation in computer assisted personal interviews.
- Project has full support from the Pennsylvania Department of Corrections.
- This study will have important implications for understanding how inmate social networks influence inmate reentry as well as the dynamics of the prison therapeutic community setting.