Short Time, Hard Time: Accounts of Short-Term Imprisonment
Emerald (JAI Press)
Perspectives on Social Problems
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."