SOC229 Lecture Notes - Lecture 5: Kingston Penitentiary, The Inmates, Deterrence Theory

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Kingston Penitentiary Riot
September 16 2016
James Ball-  Inmates came into his stall and yelled: Come out from under the bed
Then more inmates came in and assaulted him.
A third group came in, found out he slashed his wrists, and then they took him to the Hospital
Rob Lake
- Child molester
- Someone smashed his entire stall, and then went to another stall and tried to hide.
- He was found and hit on the head by a metal bar
- This is an example of classic prison riots.
Bill Knight
-Pleaded not guilty
-Judges dismissed the trial because witnesses could not testify against him.
Mackenzie* - important because he took over the riot
Small number of inmates will control a large amount of inmates
30 were heavily involved, 50 took over.
Only 13 people were charged.
One pleaded guilty to manslaughter.
Guards were trained with rifles, and were allowed you fire if in severe situations.
They can’t extend your sentence but can give you more punishments within that time.
Patterns of Prison Riots
-Taking over entire prison
-change in leadership
-3 or 4 days,
- there is guard hostages.
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Riot- taking physical control of a prison, and having hostages whether it is guards or anyone
else that works there.
Leadership- comes after the riot has started for hours
-5-10% of inmates take part of the riots, most gather in groups to protect themselves.
Leadership evolves in 3 ways
1. someone steps forward and take control- they are usually of higher standard, and have
other inmates do what they are asked to do. They seek control. Nobody tries to stop
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James ball- (cid:498) inmates came into his stall and yelled: come out from under the bed(cid:499) Then more inmates came in and assaulted him. A third group came in, found out he slashed his wrists, and then they took him to the hospital. Someone smashed his entire stall, and then went to another stall and tried to hide. He was found and hit on the head by a metal bar. This is an example of classic prison riots. Judges dismissed the trial because witnesses could not testify against him. Mackenzie* - important because he took over the riot. Small number of inmates will control a large amount of inmates. Guards were trained with rifles, and were allowed you fire if in severe situations. They can"t extend your sentence but can give you more punishments within that time. Riot- taking physical control of a prison, and having hostages whether it is guards or anyone else that works there.

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