Maltreatment of prisoners by fellow inmates

Other Names:
Bullying among prisoners
Harassment amongst prisoners
Intimidation of prisoners by other inmates
Crime in prisons
Inmate killing

Under certain conditions prisoners act violently against each other. In addition to many forms of intimidation, forced homosexuality, and general harassment, this may include knifing and murder. Sex offenders are especially vulnerable.


In the USA the prisons themselves are so rife with crime, feuds and violence that about 8% require protective custody for fear of retribution for sex offences (some committed against other prisoners), for fear of homosexual attacks, because of unpaid debts amongst prisoners. In 1980, rioting prisoners in the Santa Fe penitentiary used blow torches and knives to slaughter (and in some cases decapitate) 36 other inmates.

Related Problems:
Intimidation in the workplace
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 10: Reduced InequalityGOAL 16: Peace and Justice Strong Institutions
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST