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NCJ Number: 148445 Find in a Library
Title: Maintenance of Security and Control in Prisons, Including Links with Society
Journal: Penological Information Bulletin  Issue:17  Dated:(December 1992)  Pages:4-9
Author(s): A De Frisching
Date Published: 1992
Page Count: 6
Type: Survey
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: France
Annotation: The article argues that increasing the amount of contact among prisoners, staff, and the outside community does not decrease a prison's security and control.
Abstract: Prison directors often see the goals of maintaining control over inmates and of integrating them into their environment as conflicting; however, one must keep in mind that control and security are not the only goals of imprisonment in the United Kingdom. The requirement of executing justice also presupposes a humane treatment of prisoners which includes individual trust and respect. In this context, the key relationship is that between inmate and prison officer who must personally espouse and integrate the goals of security, control, and justice. This process ideally takes place when an officer is given responsibility for a small group of prisoners and when the inmates themselves participate to some extent in the day-to-day decision making. With the prison officer as mediator, the prisoner's relationship to society increases at the same time. To break the isolation of the prison within a community, prisoners should be imprisoned close to home, and the community (e.g., family, community volunteers, community professionals) should become more involved in the daily operations of the prison. Because of the enhanced self-respect and trust the prisoners experience, this approach can actually enhance a prison's security.
Main Term(s): Corrections internal security
Index Term(s): Correctional Officers; Inmate staff relations; Inmate visits
Note: US Department of Justice, Bureau of Justice Statistics, International Crime Statistics Program
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