Quality of Life of Inmates Jailed at the Davidson County Sheriff Department

Latasha Cole, Tennessee State University

Abstract

The purpose of this study was to measure the quality of life with inmates jailed at one facility of the Davidson County Sheriff Department. This research was conducted in order to answer the question: if inmates from various demographics think differently on quality of life issues while in jail? The sample consisted of 130 inmates jailed at the Davidson County Male Correctional Development Center. This study was completed using a quantitative research methodology with focusing on gaining statistical data, as well as simple convenience sampling, to measure the inmates’ perception of the quality of life while jailed at the Davidson County Sheriff Department. Each participate was provided with a survey of multiple responses.^ The independent variables analyzed were race, classification, environment raised in, and time incarcerated. The dependent variables were consisted of questions regarding the quality of life while in jail. Spearman’s Rho was used to determine statistical significance and correlation. After analyzing the data collected from surveys, many inmates were dissatisfied. The results showed that the independent variables of race and environment raised in were able to be rejected because of the significantly statistical differences in relationship with quality of life in jail. The other independent variables could not reject the null hypothesis because there were not significant statistical differences.^

Subject Area

Criminology

Recommended Citation

Latasha Cole, "Quality of Life of Inmates Jailed at the Davidson County Sheriff Department" (2016). ETD Collection for Tennessee State University. Paper AAI10242277.
http://digitalscholarship.tnstate.edu/dissertations/AAI10242277

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