SOC229 Lecture Notes - Lecture 3: Barter, San Pedro Prison, Takers

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Introduction – The Different Manner in Which Guards and Undesirables are Treated in Prison Riots
found informants through the office files
In most prison riots, inmates step forward to protect guard hostages
Prison riot leaders also appoint inmates to protect guard hostages
Guards are generally treated well throughout a riot and released relatively unharmed
Inmate undesirables are despised and attacked by other prisoners
Rarely will anyone step forward to attempt to protect undesirables from violent assaults
Prison Guards as Hostages
often do not kill guards
inmates protected the guard hostages
Prisons are institutions filled with violent men who are deprived of their liberty
Guards are charged with enforcing the rules that restrict inmate movement, etc.
Despite this, guards are seldom injured by inmates during prison riots
Hypothesis 1 - Moral Prohibitions
Despite their involvement in crime, most inmates subscribe to conventional values and morals
Prison guards are people who are simply doing a job
They have families, pay taxes, raise children, etc.
Society strongly condemns the killing of guard hostages
Inmates also subscribe to these same values and are influenced by moral prohibitions that condemn the harming
of guard hostages
For those reasons, some inmates will step forward to protect guards from violent assaults
Hypothesis 2 - Friendships and Alliances
guards will sometimes ignore small rules and gain respect
In the process of doing their job, guards can make friends and develop alliances among inmates
Guards may even do this as an insurance policy against assault by other more violent criminals
Alliances with the inmate elite is likely to help guards in a time of crisis
Hypothesis 3 - Fear of Repercussions
Prison riots typically last three or four days
Inmates know that guards will soon be in control of the prison
They also know that guards may seek revenge if guard hostages have been harmed
Official sanctions including criminal charges, isolation, and the denial of parole may also function to deter inmates
from harming
guard hostages
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Introduction the different manner in which guards and undesirables are treated in prison riots found informants through the office files. Inmate undesirables are despised and attacked by other prisoners. Prison guards as hostages often do not kill guards inmates protected the guard hostages. Prisons are institutions filled with violent men who are deprived of their liberty: guards are charged with enforcing the rules that restrict inmate movement, etc. Despite this, guards are seldom injured by inmates during prison riots. Despite their involvement in crime, most inmates subscribe to conventional values and morals. Prison guards are people who are simply doing a job. They have families, pay taxes, raise children, etc. Society strongly condemns the killing of guard hostages. Inmates also subscribe to these same values and are influenced by moral prohibitions that condemn the harming of guard hostages. For those reasons, some inmates will step forward to protect guards from violent assaults.

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