The Impact of Mass Incarceration and Social Issues of Institutionalization on School Violence in Youths

The Impact of Mass Incarceration and Social Issues of Institutionalization on School Violence in Youths

Stephen C. Stanko (Independent Researcher, USA) and Gordon A. Crews (Tiffin University, USA)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-9935-9.ch003
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Abstract

In this chapter the authors examine the impact that mass incarceration has had upon children in the United States over the last several decades. Inherent in this examination is to discuss the impact of institutionalization on the propensity of committing violent acts by children. The authors also discuss the impact of these American phenomena on many aspects of juvenile delinquency and violence.
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The “Bustin-A-Sag” Example

Before entering the discussion of prison life, there is an example of how prison can bleed its way into society.

Many can easily remember the start of the ongoing popular fashion trait of “bustin-a-sag” in which an astounding number of youth (and a frightening number of adults) would pull their pants down on their rear-ends/buttocks. This fad drove many parents absolutely crazy as the screamed at their children to “pull your pants up.” Of course, this would only be resolved long enough for the children to get to an out-of-sight distance and, then, the pants would come down again.

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