The Vulnerable Prisoner Unit at Albany

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

The Vulnerable Prisoner Unit at Albany

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Despite the strict enforcement of rules and the stringent imposition of sanctions, there will be inclinations for violent actions in any prisoners' community. People with high risk on these tendencies are referred to as the ‘vulnerable prisoners,’ who usually acquired seriously long or lifetime sentences. Those considered to belong in this classification are individuals convicted of grave sexual crimes, drug addicts, and gambling lords. Segregation rooms, as proposed by Prison Rule 43, serve as refuge units to these people. Although these sanctuaries are positively viewed by some, these significantly imply extremely confined and limited interaction and conditions encountered on a daily basis. Such consequently hinder the development and the potential constructive changes of the prisoners involved. To avoid these scenarios, involvement in social gatherings and activities are highly recommended, but with considerable supervision from officials.

Keywords: rules; sanctions; prisoners' community; vulnerable prisoners; Prison Rule 43; social interaction

Chapter.  9634 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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