Violence in the Supermax

  title={Violence in the Supermax},
  author={Kate King and Benjamin D. Steiner and Stephanie Ritchie Breach},
  journal={The Prison Journal},
  pages={144 - 168}
The supermax prison was designed to control the most violent, assaultive individuals, gang members, and other prisoners who could not be managed in less secure settings. Pelican Bay State Prison, which houses California's supermax, holds approximately 1,300 inmates in its security housing unit (SHU). This article examines the mission, architecture, and organization of Pelican Bay State Prison, the architecture and procedures in the SHU, the training and mind-set of correctional officers who… 

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  • H. Butler
  • Law, Psychology
    Justice Quarterly
  • 2019
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