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  NCJ Number: NCJ 027518     Find in a Library
  Title: SOCIAL DIMENSIONS OF A PENITENTIARY (ISSUED IN TWO UNNUMBERED VOLUMES)
  Author(s): A L GUENTHER
  Date Published: Unknown
  Page Count: 500
  Annotation: A RESEARCH STUDY ATTEMPTING, FROM A SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE, TO UNDERSTAND THE INSTITUTION PREDICATED UPON IMPRISONMENT AND TO ANALYZE THE STRUCTURE AND DYNAMICS OF INCARCERATION IN A PENITENTIARY SETTING.
  Abstract: THIS STUDY IS BASED ON ONE YEAR OF RESEARCH AT THE FEDERAL PENITENTIARY IN ATLANTA, GEORGIA. EXTENSIVE CONSIDERATION IS GIVEN TO THE RATIONALE PROVIDED FOR EMPHASIS BY PRISON STAFF UPON CUSTODY AND SECURITY OF THE INSTITUTION, AND HOW THE PHYSICAL ENVIRONMENT OF A MAXIMUM-SECURITY PRISON IS SUPPORTIVE OF THIS EMPHASIS. THE PROPERTIES OF INMATE SOCIETY WHICH CONTRIBUTE TO ITS FUNCTIONING ARE EXPLORED, AS WELL AS THE ADAPTATIONS MADE BY PRISONERS TO THE DEPRIVATIONS WHICH THEY EXPERIENCE. AN OCCUPATIONAL CULTURE IS SEEN TO ARISE AMONG PRISON STAFF IN RESPONSE TO THEIR EXPERIENCES WITH INMATES. FINALLY, THE ATMOSPHERE OF UNCERTAINTY WHICH IS FOSTERED AND SUSTAINED BY THE OCCURRENCE OF MISCONDUCT AMONG INMATES IS EXAMINED, WITH ITS CONSEQUENCES FOR BOTH INMATES AND STAFF. THE AUTHOR CONCLUDES THAT THE PARAMETERS OF IMPRISONMENT ARE NOT ADEQUATELY UNDERSTOOD, AND THAT UNLESS MORE IS DISCOVERED ABOUT THE EFFECTS OF PRESENT CORRECTIONAL PRACTICE, ADVANCEMENT WILL BE MORE A MATTER OF CHANCE THAN OF DESIGN. (AUTHOR ABSTRACT MODIFIED)
  Index Term(s): Sociology ; Socioculture ; Inmates ; Effects of imprisonment ; Federal correctional facilities ; Research ; Inmate attitudes ; Penology ; Georgia (USA)
  Sponsoring Agency: US Dept of Justice
LEAA
National Institute of Law Enforcement and Criminal Justice
United States of America

US Dept of Justice NIJ Pub
United States of America
  Grant Number: 74-NI-99-0026
  Sale Source: National Institute of Justice/
NCJRS paper reproduction
Box 6000, Dept F
Rockville, MD 20849
United States of America
  Type: Report (Study/Research)
  Country: United States of America
  Language: English
   
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