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The society of captives : a study of a maximum security prison.

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Argues that many of the psychological effects of modern prison are more brutal than the physical cruelties of the past. This book shows that the ... Show synopsis

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KD892

Pains of Imprisonment

by KD892 on Jul 31, 2009

Sykes delivers an insightful and accurate account of the development of a culture within prisons - a society of captives. Deprived of normal interactions, prisoners react by changing themselves, and not in a good fashion. Written from a sociological perspective, Sykes gives readers an inside view of what most people will never see - prison. Anyone with an interest in penology, criminology, or just knows someone behind bars will find this work fascinating.

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