Title

Short Time, Hard Time: Accounts of Short-Term Imprisonment

Document Type

Article

Language

eng

Publication Date

1992

Publisher

Emerald (JAI Press)

Source Publication

Perspectives on Social Problems

Source ISSN

1047-0905

Abstract

This paper presents inmates descriptions of prison experience and offers alternate ways of analyzing these accounts. The study focuses on short-term male inmates in a maximum security prison. The authors discuss a variety of ways in which these inmates portray their incarceration and note that short-term inmates ironically suggest that the pains of short-term imprisonment are especially prevalent, acute, and persistent. The alternate analyses offer different perspectives on how to construe these depictions of short-term as "hard time."

Comments

Journal on Social Problems, Vol. 3 (1992): 289-309. Publisher link.

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