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This quantity is a precis of a 1S-year attempt to figure out the results of legal crowding and their courting to the wider realm of crowding phenomena and theories. even though the writing of this quantity was once for the main half a solitary attempt, the knowledge and concepts it's in keeping with have been often the results of a collaborative attempt with Verne Cox and Garvin McCain. Their schedules restricted their skill to give a contribution to this quantity, yet they supplied a lot confident suggestions and tips. Cox additionally wrote a initial draft of bankruptcy three, and either McCain and Cox made significant contributions to bankruptcy S and assisted with a number of different chapters. i'm tremendously indebted to those positive students for his or her efforts and help over the process our joint examine endeavors. In reputation of this truth, the pronoun "we" is used all through this quantity. This study do not need been attainable with out the cooperation and aid of millions of inmates and thousands of legal officers. The un­ conditional aid in the course of the undertaking from Director Norman Carlson and previous local examine director Jerome Mabli, either one of the Federal Bureau of Prisons, can also be vastly favored. thank you are because of the nationwide Institute of Justice for monetary aid in the course of quite a few stages of this venture. The aid of John Spevacek of the Institute used to be indispens­ capable. cash have been additionally supplied via the Hogg origin, U. S. division of Justice-Civil Rights department, and the collage of Texas at Arlington.

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At the time of our visit, it held 669 inmates. It contained single rooms, cubicles, and open dormitories with 54 or 65 inmates, with some variation in space within the singles (48 versus 60 sq ft) and dorms (49 versus 59 sq ft per inmate). The cubicles were similar in design to those at EI Reno and provided 50 sq ft of space. It should also be noted that different housing units varied in the programs to which inmates were assigned. For singles, these units were industry, alcohol abuse, and life skills.

This may have been related to the greater amount of space available in units with eight-man cells. Not surprisingly, units housing violent inmates produced greater feelings of crowding and more reports of sleeping problems. The jail studies are consistent with our prison studies in showing that social density, but not spatial density, is an important factor in inmate reactions to their housing. We failed to find differences in blood pressure, and this is consonant with the lack of blood pressure effects in most of our prison studies.

Several other findings suggest that this is not the case. Texarkana contained several architecturally "special" dorms that housed about 10 more inmates than the regular dorms, but were a little more spacious and were segmented into three visually separated bays. The residents of the special dorms also had mostly single bunks in contras~ to FIGURE 4-4. One segment of the "special" dorms at Texarkana FCI. El Reno-Singles, Doubles, and Cubicles 31 the double-bunking of the regular dorms (Fig. 4-4).

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