This week’s readings explored different aspects of daily life inside prisons and insights into how prison culture is shaped and changes — for both incarcerated people and for people who work in prisons and corrections. Please share two insights from the readings about ways that prisoners and/or prison staff try to cope with difficult conditions they face. What are some of the positive and negative consequences of these coping strategies? What are some policies or practices that the prison institution could implement (or stop doing) to make daily life less harsh? Finally, given the insights about officer ideologies and reactions to reforms within a probation agency, what is needed for progressive reforms to be sustained and implemented more fully?
Please summarize concepts from the readings and try to put ideas into your own words and limit your use of direct quotes from the text. Remember to cite your sources and respond to at least two other students.