Attitudes and values of young inmates placed in correctional facility

Stefanovska (Stojkovska), Vesna (2019) Attitudes and values of young inmates placed in correctional facility. Journal of Criminology and Criminal Law No. 3/2019,. pp. 7-25. ISSN 343.97:343.261-052(497.7)

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Criminal attitudes and values are important factors that affect de- viant and criminal behaviour. When such values, beliefs and opinions support criminal behaviour, they are criminal attitudes. In this context, criminal attitudes are considered to be one of the four factors (besides friends, family, and antisocial personality) that increase the risk of re- cidivism. Young offenders often have a negative attitude towards the law and use neutralization techniques to avoid the criminal responsibility, In relation to the question: how the criminal attitudes and values are ac- quired, learned or recognized, within the criminology literature we can met several ways: through the techniques of neutralisation or rationali- zation of deviant behaviour, through identification with other offenders; and by rejecting the conventional norms. This paper examines the crim- inal attitudes of the young inmates placed in correctional facility locat- ed in Ohrid, North Macedonia. The analysis is based on qualitative data collected by using in depth interview with young inmates to capture their attitudes and experiences in relation to their criminal attitudes. The col- lected data was divided into three categories and several subcategories: (1) neutralization techniques: rejecting responsibility, rationalizing cer- tain behaviours and condemning others, (2) rejecting conventional norms: a critique of the system and the law and (3) identification with perpetra- tors and acceptance of the criminal views from the peers.

Item Type: Article
Subjects: Scientific Fields (Frascati) > Social Sciences > Law
Divisions: Faculty of Security
Depositing User: Ms. Olivera Trajanova
Date Deposited: 29 Jun 2021 16:24
Last Modified: 29 Jun 2021 16:24

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