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‘The Prison Don’t Talk to You about Getting Out of Prison’: On Why Prisons in England and Wales Fail to Rehabilitate Prisoners

Bullock, Karen and Bunce, Annie (2018) ‘The Prison Don’t Talk to You about Getting Out of Prison’: On Why Prisons in England and Wales Fail to Rehabilitate Prisoners Criminology and Criminal Justice.

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Abstract

The position of rehabilitation in prisons in England and Wales has long been debated. Yet studies which consider how prisoners experience rehabilitative practices and processes are rare. Drawing on prisoners’ accounts, this article considers their perceptions and lived experiences of the ways in which rehabilitation is influenced by the nature of organisational support for rehabilitation; the characteristics of interventions implemented to support rehabilitation; and the complexion of the prison climate. We find the perception of an institutional failure to take responsibility for rehabilitation. Rehabilitative interventions – notably Offender Management Programmes (OMPS) and work placements – are perceived to be self-serving in rationale. They are experienced as ill-resourced, superficial in approach and unlikely to engender change. The prison climate, characterised by a lack of interest amongst correctional staff, lack of empathy and concern, and mixed - but often impersonal and sometimes antagonistic - relationships between prison staff and prisoners, further disrupts any ethos of rehabilitation. Theoretical and practical implications are discussed

Item Type: Article
Divisions : Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > Department of Sociology
Authors :
NameEmailORCID
Bullock, KarenK.Bullock@surrey.ac.uk
Bunce, Anniea.bunce@surrey.ac.uk
Date : 17 September 2018
DOI : 10.1177/1748895818800743
Copyright Disclaimer : Copyright 2018 SAGE Publications
Uncontrolled Keywords : Prisons, rehabilitation, climate, Offender Management Programmes (OMPS), work placements
Depositing User : Melanie Hughes
Date Deposited : 08 Aug 2018 16:54
Last Modified : 15 Nov 2018 12:24
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/848874

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