Social Relations II: Prisoner Perspectives

Richard Sparks, Anthony Bottoms and Will Hay

in Prisons and the Problem of Order

Published in print June 1996 | ISBN: 9780198258186
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191681813 | DOI:

Series: Clarendon Studies in Criminology

Social Relations II: Prisoner Perspectives

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Same issues enumerated in the previous chapter are tackled in this section, but here, all elements are in relation to the prisoners' standpoint. Included are issues on the government effectiveness in Albany and Long Lartin, the prisoners' view toward their commanding officials and peers, the environmental (i.e. both tangible and social) situations of confinement, the expectations and desires of inmates, and the manner on how all of the aforementioned concerns affect the occurrence and supervision of ‘control problems.’ It is not the aim of the researchers to pose a big contributory claim in the academic real, but to provide their readers with sufficient and credible information to further understand the behaviour of imprisoned individuals. Also, the study is conducted to provide ideas on the mechanisms that should be or should not be present in the system, involving both prisoners and their officers to be able to promote ‘order’.

Keywords: prisoners; government; commanding officers; confinement; control problems; order; legal system

Chapter.  18330 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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