Giallombardo, Rose: Women in Prison
Kristie R. Blevins
Rose Giallombardo was one of the first researchers to examine female prisoners and the inmate subculture within a women's correctional facility. Previous studies had shown that inmate subcultures existed in male prisons. Giallombardo recognized, however, that males and females may not experience and adapt to the prison environment in the same ways. As a result, she explored the world of the female inmate by spending 1 year conducting research in the West Virginia Women's Federal Reformatory. During her year-long project, Giallombardo gathered data in a number of ways. One of the primary data sources was direct observation of inmates as they participated in both formal and informal activities during their daily routines. She also conducted interviews with inmates to learn about their experiences and values both inside and outside of prison. Her observational and interview data were supplemented by reviews of official files for more than 650 inmates, as well ...