The `Society of Captives' in the Era of Hyper-Incarceration

  title={The `Society of Captives' in the Era of Hyper-Incarceration},
  author={Jonathan Simon},
  journal={Theoretical Criminology},
  pages={285 - 308}
  • J. Simon
  • Published 1 August 2000
  • Law
  • Theoretical Criminology
Forty years after the publication of Gresham Sykes's Society of Captives and the second edition of Donald Clemmer's The Prison Community (1958) the incarcerated population in the US, now over 2 million, has grown to an unprecedented size, but paradoxically attention to and concern with the social order of prisons in US academic and political discourse has declined. Just when the experience of imprisonment is becoming a normal pathway for significant portions of the population, the pathways of… 

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