New PDF release: Total Confinement: Madness and Reason in the Maximum

By Lorna A. Rhodes

ISBN-10: 0520229878

ISBN-13: 9780520229877

ISBN-10: 0520240766

ISBN-13: 9780520240766

ISBN-10: 1417525576

ISBN-13: 9781417525577

During this infrequent firsthand account, Lorna Rhodes takes us right into a hidden global that lies on the center of the utmost protection criminal. targeting the "supermaximums"-and the psychological wellbeing and fitness devices that supplement them-Rhodes conveys the inner contradictions of a method mandated to either punish and deal with. Her frequently harrowing, occasionally poignant, exploration of extreme protection confinement comprises bright testimony from prisoners and legal staff, describes workouts and practices within legal partitions, and takes a difficult examine the felony undefined. greater than an expos?, overall Confinement is a theoretically subtle meditation on what incarceration tells us approximately who we're as a society. Rhodes tackles tough questions about the intense stipulations of confinement, the therapy of the mentally unwell in prisons, and an ever-advancing know-how of isolation and surveillance. utilizing her terrific interview abilities and powers of remark, she records how prisoners, staff, and directors all fight to keep dignity and a feeling of self inside greatest protection associations. In settings that position in query the very humanity of these who dwell and paintings in them, Rhodes discovers advanced interactions-from the violent to the tender-among prisoners and employees. overall Confinement bargains an vital close-up of the consequences of our dependence on prisons to resolve long-standing difficulties of crime and injustice within the usa. Illustrations: 25 b/w pictures

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The more alarming, dangerous, disgusting you become, even without considering your hygiene. I understand your violation as a moral one . . ” It is this danger that throwers exploit. The prisoner who sees himself defined as a piece of shit hurls into the faces of his keepers the very aspect of himself that most intensely represents his contaminated status in their eyes. 31 Custody workers find that the sheer fact of knowing about and observing this behavior alienates them from normal society and reinforces a sense of the separateness of the prison.

Stress builds. It’s true, I’ve slipped at times. I want to try not to assault, try not to throw piss or shit. These prisoners convey a sense of pressure in their speech and bodies. When at one point the second man jumps up to act out an incident of trouble with officers, he seems almost too big for the room containing him. ” Haltingly he speaks of difficulty sleeping and distress caused by other inmates on the tier. ” The officers in the control unit spend most of their time working in pairs to escort prisoners to and from their brief yards and showers.

The more alarming, dangerous, disgusting you become, even without considering your hygiene. I understand your violation as a moral one . . ” It is this danger that throwers exploit. The prisoner who sees himself defined as a piece of shit hurls into the faces of his keepers the very aspect of himself that most intensely represents his contaminated status in their eyes. 31 Custody workers find that the sheer fact of knowing about and observing this behavior alienates them from normal society and reinforces a sense of the separateness of the prison.

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