Inmates’ Narratives and Discursive Discipline in Prison

Inmates’ Narratives and Discursive Discipline in Prison

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The question of a€˜what worksa€™ in offender treatment has dominated the field of prisoner re-entry and recidivism research for the last thirty years. One of the primary ways the criminal justice system tries to reduce the rates of recidivism among offenders is through the use of cognitive behavioural programs (CBP) as in-prison intervention strategies. The emphasis for these programs is on the idea that inmates are in prison because they made poor choices and bad decisions. Inmatesa€™ thinking is characterized as flawed and the purpose of the program is to teach them to think and act in socially appropriate ways so they will be less inclined to return to prison after their release. This book delves into the heart of one such cognitive behavioural programme, examines its inner workings, its effects on inmatesa€™ narrated experience and considers what happens when a CBP of substandard quality and integrity is used as a gateway for inmatesa€™ release. Based on original empirical research, this book provides realistic suggestions for improving policy, for reforming current in-prison programs engaging in problematic practices and for instituting alternatives that take the needs of the inmates into greater account. This book is essential reading for students and academics engaged in the study of sociology, criminal justice, prisons, social policy, sentencing and punishment.Lesson 19 in the a#39;Pathway to Changea#39; manual takes up the unique issue of a€œ Understanding Sexualitya€ (41a€“3). ... The groups are then to decide if the song is about sex, love or intimacy. ... offense, Andrew claims that he was not allowed to be on the Internet, have a romantic relationship, leave the state or be around children.

Title:Inmates’ Narratives and Discursive Discipline in Prison
Author: Jennifer A Schlosser
Publisher:Routledge - 2015-05-15

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