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NCJ Number: 140960 Find in a Library
Title: Good Staff-Prison Relations Key to Success of Scotland's Supermax
Journal: National Prison Project Journal  Volume:7  Issue:4  Dated:(Fall 1992)  Pages:22-25
Author(s): P McKinlay
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 4
Type: Program/Project Description
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This article describes the development and operation of the Barlinnie Special Unit (BSU) of the Scottish Prison Service.
Abstract: The attitudes of the staff and the prisoners provide the basis for the BSU. Key components include community meetings, choice and responsibility, and visiting rights. Community meetings, which give both staff and prisoners an equal opportunity to speak, effectively break down the traditional culture. Grievances can be aired and hostilities expressed verbally and without physical violence. The group establishes the norms for individual behavior. The BSU gives the prisoners the freedom, within broad parameters, to determine how they spend their days. Finally, visiting rights are considerably more extensive than in a mainstream prison. Behavior changes among Barlinnie Special Unit prisoners include lower assault rates and less disruption. Additionally, prisoners may learn to relate to others in a nonaggressive way and to develop new, nonprisoner social contacts. 3 footnotes and 3 references
Main Term(s): Foreign correctional facilities; Inmate staff relations
Index Term(s): Corrections effectiveness; Inmate segregation; Prison climate; Scotland
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