The prison violence project is an unprecedented multi-strategy investigation into the sources and consequences of prison violence in seven states. The prison violence research team, led by Nancy Rodriguez (UC-Irvine), is examining violence among incarcerated individuals and against staff, using multiple methods and data sources across five primary strategies. Professor Frost and the Northeastern based research team lead on strategy two which aims to identify that full situational details of and correctional responses to violent incidents.
Strategy two of the prison violence project, led by Professor Natasha Frost involves the comprehensive review of institutional incident reports to identify the full situational details of violent incidents. Importantly, incident reports contain detailed information on incidents of prison violence that cannot be found in administrative data. The incident report provides additional depth to our understanding of the individual and contextual factors that contribute to prison violence and victimization, enhances our understanding of the consequences associated with violence and victimization for incarcerated persons and staff, and can highlight the full situational details of and correctional responses to violent incidents.
The strategy two methodology involves the extensive coding and analyzing of a sample of incidents of prison violence that resulted in injury to an incarcerated person or a staff member across each of the seven participating states.
Northeastern Research Team
Associate Dean of Research; Professor of Criminology and Criminal Justice; Director of Corrections and Reentry Lab
Natasha Frost, Associate Dean of Research in the College of Social Sciences and Humanities, is a professor in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice with a specialization in punishment and social control. She also currently serves as the Crim…
External Research Team
Former Research Assistants
Criminology and Justice Policy, PhD
Jillian Reeves received her bachelor’s degree in criminology from the University of Pennsylvania, with minors in psychology and Chinese studies. Prior to her doctoral candidacy, she co-authored a journal article about the role of adolescent developme…