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Psychology in Prisons

1st Edition

By Pamela Baldwin, David Cooke, Jacqueline Howison


156 pages

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Psychology in Prisons illustrates how a knowledge of psychological principles can lead to a better understanding of the prison environment and the problems that occur within it. The authors show how psychology can be used to increase understanding of prisoners and to deal with day-to-day problems in prison life. They focus on key problem areas such as sex offenders, violent criminals and the issue of AIDS. The book also explores the effects of the prison environment on staff and suggests means of reducing the levels of stress.


`… recommended for use on training courses for prison officers and any other prison staff who come into daily contact with prisoners. It provides a basic understanding of people who commit crimes and the variety of motives which lead to criminal behaviour.' - Forum

` … The authors have succeeded in producing a book which combines practical experience and common sense with the results of psychological research. It is anticipated theat the book will find a useful place on training courses for prison officers and that it would be of interest to other professionals who work in prisons.' - Behavioural Research and Therapy

`… essential reading for all those considering working withing a penal setting.' - Susan Waine, Nursing Times

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BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PSYCHOLOGY / Movements / General