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This volume examines the prison careers of the most problematic group of inmates - those who appear to sabotage their own rehabilitation by repeated displays of violence, disruptiveness or otherwise self-defeating behaviour. A particular challenge with these prisoners is determining the extent to which their problem behaviour is a result of mental illness, as opposed to purely "characterological" defects. Clearly these two alternatives demand different kinds of responses by prison staff, yet they are often hard to disentangle. The book uses disciplinary records and mental health exams to reconstruct the careers of chronic offenders.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781557988805
ISBN-10: 1557988803
Format: Paperback
(229mm x 152mm x 30mm)
Pages: 304
Imprint: American Psychological Association
Publisher: American Psychological Association
Publish Date: 30-Apr-2002
Country of Publication: United States

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