Searching for the unexpected - understanding information-seeking behaviours of people new to prison visits

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Ryan, Nathan and Ryan, Nicole. (2024). Searching for the unexpected - understanding information-seeking behaviours of people new to prison visits. Not Listed - Awaiting Journal Creation. pp. 1-22. https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2023.2272910
AuthorsRyan, Nathan and Ryan, Nicole
Abstract

Often, when an offender is sentenced their family and friends find themselves in a state of uncertainty. At this point, family and friends of prisoners need support and often find themselves alone to navigate and learn the correctional system to gain visitation approval. It is unknown how people new to visitation learns the rules and processes of prison visits to gain visitation access. This study explores 21 prison visitors’ information-seeking behaviour to understanding how people new to prison visitation learns to navigate the system to obtain visitation approval and identify any factors that might imped their ability to information-seek, thus delaying or preventing visitation. Using Flexible Pattern Matching Analysis we identified five factors that can occur prior to individual’s need to information-seek, and one key factor that was common during the visit experience that can impact peoples ‘ability to information seek’. Implications for prison visitation policy and practice are discussed.

Keywordsflexible pattern matching analysis; information seeking; prison visitation; prison visitors; uncertainty management theory
Year01 Jan 2024
JournalNot Listed - Awaiting Journal Creation
Journal citationpp. 1-22
PublisherRoutledge
ISSN1321-8719
Digital Object Identifier (DOI)https://doi.org/10.1080/13218719.2023.2272910
Web address (URL)https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/full/10.1080/13218719.2023.2272910
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Page range1-22
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Online11 Jan 2024
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Accepted18 Sep 2023
Deposited10 Jun 2024
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© 2024 The Author(s). Published by Informa UK Limited, trading as Taylor & Francis Group.

This is an Open Access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivativesLicense ( http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/4.0/ ), which permits non-commercial re-use, distribution, and reproduction inany medium, provided the original work is properly cited, and is not altered, transformed, or built upon in any way.

Place of publicationUnited Kingdom
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