A new study by the University of Montreal reveals the fact that female prison workers who should know better than to get involved with criminals, are the majority of the ones who lust after inmates, while male workers are in the minority.
Not only female prison guards were the ones getting involved with criminals but clinicians, including criminologists, psychologists, and nurses; and women comprise 70% of those romantically involved with criminals compared to 30% of men.
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"The official term for lusting after people with a criminal record is known as hybristophilia and has been studied by Dr Philippe Bensimon at the University of Montreal.
In a study published in the journal Déliquance, justice et autres questions de société, the researcher focused on more than 300 cases of the phenomenon in the US and European media over a ten-year period, from 2005 to 2015.
For all of the instances, the prison workers were dismissed from their roles and some even from their professions entirely.
The study found women were more affected than men, with over 70 per cent of cases of sexual misconduct in US correctional system involving female staff, despite them making up less than half of the prison workforce.
According to Dr Bensimon, this skewed proportion may be due to the roles in which women typically work, which could lead to emotional bonds forming between staff and inmates.
'This is possibly explained by the fact that women occupy mainly professional positions,' he said.
'For example, in Canada, many correctional facilities for men are mostly made up of women clinicians, including criminologists, psychologists, and nurses.' "