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NCJ Number: 238062 Find in a Library
Title: Depth, Weight, Tightness: Revisiting the Pains of Imprisonment
Journal: Punishment & Society  Volume:13  Issue:5  Dated:December 2011  Pages:509-529
Author(s): Ben Crewe
Date Published: December 2011
Page Count: 21
Document: PDF
Type: Research (Applied/Empirical)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This article discusses the ‘pains of imprisonment’.
Abstract: The ‘pains of imprisonment’ have been a longstanding concern within prison sociology. This article revisits the topic, suggesting that modern penal practices have created some new burdens and frustrations that differ from other pains in their causes, nature and effects. It notes that the pains of imprisonment can be divided up conceptually, and to some degree historically, into those deriving from the inherent features of incarceration, those resulting from deliberate abuses and derelictions of duty, and those that are consequences of systemic policies and institutional practices. Having described the latter in detail – focusing on the pains of indeterminacy, the pains of psychological assessment and the pains of self-government, the article explains the relevance of the concept of ‘tightness’, as well as ‘depth’ and ‘weight’, to the contemporary prison experience. (Published Abstract)
Main Term(s): Effects of imprisonment
Index Term(s): Adjustment to prison; Inmate attitudes; Prison climate; Prison conditions; Psychological research; Punishment
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