Movements from ‘Normal Location’

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

Movements from ‘Normal Location’

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Relocation of prisoners to a ‘normal location’ is viewed as an administrative tool to produce ‘order’ taking into account the various controversies and disagreements produced by such undertaking. This intervention comes within prison cells or from one place to another. Here, the ‘vulnerable prisoners' are most commonly faced with such kind of treatment or those who gravely violate the norms of the ‘community.’ Due to these happenings, such movements are regarded as crucial in the social examination of prison control methodologies, and of their outcomes — whether expected or unintended, advantageous or detrimental. The discussion of this social phenomenon revolves on three aspects: the justifications and decision-making process involved in case of foreseen trouble; the actual encounters of convicted individuals; and the repercussions and influences to both prisoners and officials.

Keywords: normal location; order; intervention; vulnerable prisoners; prisoners' community; control; officials

Chapter.  13780 words. 

Subjects: Criminal Law

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