Procedural justice, legitimacy, and prisoner misconduct

Michael Reisig, Gorazd Mesko

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    Using structured interview data and official records from an incarcerated sample of adult males housed in a Slovene prison, this study tests hypotheses derived from the process-based model of regulation (Tyler, in M. Tonry (Ed.), Crime and justice, pp. 283-357, 2003). The findings show that inmates who evaluate prison officers' use of authority as procedurally just are less likely to report engaging in misconduct and are charged with violating fewer institutional rules. The observed association between procedural justice and legitimacy is indistinguishable from zero. Although legitimacy is inversely related to both prisoner misconduct measures, the associations are relatively weak. Overall, these findings partially support Tyler's social-psychological framework, and also provide empirical justification for fair and respectful offender management.

    Original languageEnglish (US)
    Pages (from-to)41-59
    Number of pages19
    JournalPsychology, Crime and Law
    Issue number1
    StatePublished - Jan 2009


    • Legitimacy
    • Prisoner misconduct
    • Prisons
    • Procedural justice
    • Slovenia

    ASJC Scopus subject areas

    • Pathology and Forensic Medicine
    • Psychology(all)
    • Law


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