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category: Social Science
published: June 2017
publisher: UBC Press

Behind the Walls

Inmates and Correctional Officers on the State of Canadian Prisons

by Michael Weinrath

tagged: criminology, sentencing

Despite falling crime rates, more rights for inmates, and better training for correctional officers, Canada’s prisons are overflowing, and outbreaks of violence continue to grab headlines. Applying Goffman’s frame theory and drawing on interviews with inmates and correctional officers in provincial and federal prisons, Michael Weinrath offers an unprecedented look at how inmates and officers perceive themselves, their relationships with others, and new developments and ongoing issues in prisons, including boundary violations by officers and the rise of prison gangs. Although progress has been made, prisons continue to be plagued by problems that prevent inmates from forging positive relationships among themselves and with correctional officers.

About the Author

Michael Weinrath

Contributor Notes

Michael Weinrath is a professor of criminal justice and director of the Justice Research Institute at the University of Winnipeg. Prior to earning a PhD, he spent fourteen years working in community and institutional corrections. He is co-author, with John Winterdyk, of Adult Corrections in Canada.

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