<- Home <- Arhive <- Vol. 20, Issue 4, December 2012

Rom J Leg Med20(4)283-286(2012)
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Aggressivity in penitentiaries. A retrospective study conducted in Galati county between 2003-2008

A. Lupu, P. Stefanescu, V. Panaitescu, M. Rosu, S. Hostiuc,

Abstract: Prisons are known to be injury risk hotpots, with significantly higher rates of violent acts compared to those recorded in the general population. The purpose of this article is to reveal the main characteristics of violence in prisons in Romania, using the databases of the Romanian National Penitentiary Administration and significant samples collected from the Galati penitentiary. The study was conducted using data obtained from the Romanian National Penitentiary Administration from 2003 to 2008, and cases from the casuistry of the Galati Penitentiary. The prevalence of aggressive acts has significantly increased from 2003 to 2008, with a relative increase of about 500% for hetero-aggressive acts and about 50% for auto-aggressive acts. This difference is most likely caused by the fact that self-harm is more profoundly linked to psychological factors and subsequently less linked to external conditions, which only have a minor involvement in the development of the self-aggressive acts.
Keywords: penitentiary, aggressivity, Romania

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