criminals & the penal system


Van Gogh: Prisoners Exercising

Once an offender is incarcerated in prison, a wide variety of social (situational) and psychological (dispositional) factors come into play. Not least, the problems of maintaining the security of one’s person against a wide variety of threats from other prisoners, but also seeking sufficient stimulation against a background of tedious, and boring, ‘doing time’.

Both prison authorities and prisoners adopt various ‘domination’ strategies to decide who controls not just the everday life of the prison, but also its politics and power.

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