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the pains of imprisonment

criminology theory by gresham m. sykes

Kim Gaitan

on 3 December 2015

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The Pains of Imprisonment
Gresham M. Sykes
Deprivation of Liberty
Deprivations of
Goods and Services
Deprivation of
Heterosexual Relationships
Deprivation of Autonomy
Deprivation of Security
"Defined by society as a humane alternative to the physical brutality and the neglect which constituted the major meaning of imprisonment in the past."
The Pains of Imprisonment
- Jacoby, p. 511
Society makes it clear than inmates cannot be trusted with freedom, therefore civil rights are lost as inmates need permission to do every day things such as eat and wash.
Inmates are forced to live in near poverty conditions, bringing a sense of failure and frustration, leading to aggression
Losing female company reduces a man's sense of self-worth
Many prisoners feel insecure and report fears of their safety while imprisoned, which can cause helplessness, leading to aggression.
Prisoners have no independence and very few choices; being constantly controlled by officers can cause helplessness and frustration, leading to aggression.
Deprivation of Autonomy
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