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Martin B. Miller

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A Heartless Anatomy of Five Prison Riots

The reviewer argues that authors Bert Useem and Peter Kimbal seriously search for the causes of prison riots, but etiology is a trap that has seduced many a scholar. The climate of fear, hatred, and destruction that pervades prison life is publicly exposed when riots occur; the fault is not in the actors, but in the organization of the prison. It is in the nature of correctional systems, as presently envisaged, to repress human dignity, overturn values, crush hope and the human spirit.

book review, prison riots

Citation: Social Justice Vol. 18, No. 3 (1991): 232-240

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