Do Inmate Survey Data Reflect Prison Conditions ? Using Surveys to Assess Prison Conditions of Confinement *

  title={Do Inmate Survey Data Reflect Prison Conditions ? Using Surveys to Assess Prison Conditions of Confinement *},
  author={Scott D. Camp},
Survey data of opinions are often collected to answer questions about individuals and processes affecting individuals. This is an appropriate use of survey data as the unit of analysis matches the unit of measurement. Sometimes, though, survey data (individual-level data) are used to create group-level measures. For example, the percentage of inmates at one prison who responded that safety is a problem is compared to the respective percentage of inmates at another prison. This latter use has… CONTINUE READING

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