New PDF release: Hound Pound Narrative: Sexual Offender Habilitation and the

By James B. Waldram

ISBN-10: 0520272552

ISBN-13: 9780520272552

It is a precise ethnographic examine of a healing criminal unit in Canada for the therapy of sexual offenders. using vast interviews and participant-observation over an eighteen month interval of box paintings, the writer takes the reader into the depths of what legal inmates as a rule seek advice from because the “hound pound.” James Waldram offers a wealthy and strong glimpse into the lives and therapy reports of 1 of society’s so much hated teams. He brings jointly various theoretical views from mental and clinical anthropology, narrative concept, and cognitive technological know-how to seize the character of sexual criminal therapy, from the instant inmates arrive on the therapy facility to the day they're relased. This publication explores the results of an outdoor global that balks at any inspiration that sexual offenders can in some way be taken care of and rendered innocuous. the writer argues that the competitive and confrontational nature of the prison’s remedy strategy is counterproductive to the target of what he calls “habilitation” -- the construction of pro-social and ethical contributors rendered secure for our communities.

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While my aim here does not involve an assessment of the effectiveness of this treatment program, such an assessment cannot be fully and properly undertaken without a rich understanding of how that treatment is experienced (Ware, Frost, and Hoy 2010). I do aim here, in part, to problematize the somewhat simplistic assumption that therapeutic prisons, like prisons themselves, can be characterized by one-way power relations. I seek, as Jefferson (2003: 56) would say, to “conceptualise the complexity” of the therapeutic prison and, while emphasizing the power and control of the treatment and correctional staff, to nonetheless acknowledge the inmates’ agency to engage with the staff, each other, and the program in dynamic ways.

The guard asks. I do as directed, although the idea of leaving my personal identification behind and replacing it with an institutional ID always makes me uncomfortable. The guard turns his head as if to point. Dutifully, I now move to the x-ray machine and place my briefcase on the belt. I walk through the metal detector—no alarm sounds—and I reclaim my bag. I stand at the heavy metal door for several minutes as the guard seemingly ignores my silent but obvious desire to continue my journey.

This represents a form of therapeutic intervention that works in tandem with disciplinary punishment. Indeed, over much of the eight or so months that they are on the unit, the inmates struggle with the “patient” identity and have a difficult time relinquishing the “con” attitude of the penitentiary in order to 32 | Goin’ Down with the “Hounds” engage therapeutically (Cordilia 1983). Many are not successful in this and are expelled for inappropriate or “treatment-interfering” behavior, such as “muscling” or intimidating other inmates.

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