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The Effects of Imprisonment

1st Edition

Edited by Alison Liebling, Shadd Maruna


512 pages

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As the number of prisoners in the UK, USA and elsewhere continues to rise, so have concerns risen about the damaging short term and long term effects this has on prisoners. This book brings together a group of leading authorities in this field, both academics and practitioners, to address the complex issues this has raised, to assess the implications and results of research in this field, and to suggest ways of mitigating the often devastating personal and psychological consequences of imprisonment.


'An incredibly powerful and robust text on imprisonment. It is, without doubt, a tour de force.' -Peter Hamerton in British Society of Criminology Newsletter

'This book deserves to become the standard text on the subject for some years to come.' - Maurice Vanstone in Vista Vol. 10 no. 3

'Is most timely and well-crafted in its fresh handling of this critical and enduring issue.' - Michael Weinrath, University of Winnipeg in The Canadian Journal of Criminology

'Extraordinarily important compendium because it looks at its subject in so many different contexts. By doing so, it provides clues and generates hypotheses about the nuances of the consequence of incarceration under varying circumstance.' - Gilbert Geis, University of California, Irvine, US

Table of Contents

Foreword by Andrew Coyle 1. Introduction: the effects of imprisonment revisited by Alison Liebling and Shadd Maruna Part 1: The Harms of Imprisonment - Thawing Out The 'Deep Freeze' Paradigm 2. Release and adjustment: perspectives from studies of wrongly convicted and politically motivated prisoners by Ruth Jamieson and Adrian Grounds 3. The contextual revolution in psychology and the question of prison effects by Craig Haney 4. Harm and the contemporary prison by John Irwin and Barbara Owen 5. The effects of supermax custody by Roy D. King 6. The politics of confi nement: women's imprisonment in California and the UK by Candace Kruttschnitt Part 2: Revisiting the Society of Captives 7. Codes and conventions: the terms and conditions of contemporary inmate values by Ben Crewe 8. Revisiting prison suicide: the role of fairness and distress by Alison Liebling, Linda Durie, Annick Stiles and Sarah Tait 9. Crossing the boundary: the transition of young adults into prison by Joel Harvey 10. Brave new prisons: the growing social isolation of modern penal institutions by Robert Johnson 1.1 'Soldiers', 'sausages' and 'deep sea diving': language, culture and coping in Israeli prisons by Tomer Einat 12. Forms of violence and regimes in prison: report of research in Belgian prisons by Sonja Snacken Part 3: Coping Among Ageing Prisoners 13. Older men in prison: survival, coping and identity by Elaine Crawley and Richard Sparks 14. Loss, liminality and the life sentence: managing identity through a disrupted lifecourse by Yvonne Jewkes Part 4: Expanding the Prison Effects Debate Beyond the Prisoner 15. The effects of prison work by Helen Arnold 16. Imprisonment and the penal body politic: the cancer of disciplinary governance by Pat Carlen 17. The effects of imprisonment on families and children of prisoners Joseph Murray 18. Reinventing prisons by Hans Toch

About the Author/Editors

Alison Liebling is Professor of Criminology at the Institute of Criminology, Cambridge University.

Shadd Maruna is Professor of Justice and Human Development at the School of Law, Queen's University Belfast.

About the Series

Cambridge Criminal Justice Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology