skip navigation

PUBLICATIONS

Register for Latest Research

Stay Informed
Register with NCJRS to receive NCJRS's biweekly e-newsletter JUSTINFO and additional periodic emails from NCJRS and the NCJRS federal sponsors that highlight the latest research published or sponsored by the Office of Justice Programs.

NCJRS Abstract

The document referenced below is part of the NCJRS Virtual Library collection. To conduct further searches of the collection, visit the Virtual Library. See the Obtain Documents page for direction on how to access resources online, via mail, through interlibrary loans, or in a local library.

 

NCJ Number: 44422 Find in a Library
Title: PRISON EXPERIENCE - THE CONVICT WORLD (FROM CRIMINAL JUSTICE - LAW AND POLITICS, 2D ED., 1976 BY GEORGE F COLE - SEE NCJ-44417)
Author(s): J IRWIN
Corporate Author: Wadsworth Publishing Co
United States of America
Date Published: 1976
Page Count: 19
Sponsoring Agency: Wadsworth Publishing Co
Belmont, CA 94002
Format: Document
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: A SOCIOLOGIST AND FORMER CONVICT DESCRIBES HOW OFFENDERS ADAPT TO PRISON LIFE, WITH REFERENCE TO CATEGORIES OF PRISON CAREERS AND QUOTES FROM INMATES.
Abstract: NOT ALL PRISONERS COPE WITH THEIR SITUATION. SOME COMMIT SUICIDE OR SINK INTO PSYCHOSIS. MOST OF THOSE WHO DO COPE FALL INTO ONE OF THE FOLLOWING CATEGORIES OF ADAPTIVE BEHAVIOR: JAILING; DOING TIME; OR GLEANING. JAILING INVOLVES CUTTING ONESELF OFF FROM THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND BUILDING A LIFE IN PRISON. THOSE WHO IDENTIFY WITH THE OUTSIDE WORLD AND WISH TO MAINTAIN THEIR BASIC LIFE PATTERNS AND IDENTITIES VIEW PRISON AS A TEMPORARY INTERRUPTION AND SPEAK OF 'DOING TIME.' THOSE WHO WISH TO CHANGE THEIR LIFESTYLES ENGAGE IN 'GLEANING' ACTIVITIES AND VIEW PRISON AS A OPPORTUNITY TO SOMEHOW BETTER THEMSELVES. NOT INCLUDED IN THESE CATEGORIES IS THE DISORGANIZED CRIMINAL, WHOSE WEAKER COMMITMENTS TO VALUES OR CONCEPTS OF SELF MAKE HIM MOST RESPONSIVE TO PRISON PROGRAMS, TO DIFFERENTIAL ASSOCIATION, AND TO OTHER FORCES OUTSIDE HIS CONTROL. RACE AND ETHNICITY ARE OTHER IMPORTANT FACTORS IN THE STRUCTURE OF THE PRISON SOCIAL WORLD. BEYOND THE PARTICULAR CRIMINAL OR RACIAL-ETHNIC IDENTITY ACQUIRED OR MAINTAINED BY THE CONVICT IN PRISON AND BEYOND THE CHANGES IN DIRECTION RESULTING FROM INDIVIDUAL PRISON 'STRATEGIES' IS THE CONVICT PERSPECTIVE OR IDENTITY, WHICH IS SHARED TO SOME EXTENT BY ALL FELONS.
Index Term(s): Inmate attitudes; Inmates; Social organization
To cite this abstract, use the following link:
http://www.ncjrs.gov/App/publications/abstract.aspx?ID=44422

*A link to the full-text document is provided whenever possible. For documents not available online, a link to the publisher's website is provided. Tell us how you use the NCJRS Library and Abstracts Database - send us your feedback.