Iron Bars DOTH a Prison Make: Description of a Correctional Setting

Janet Ellis


This paper presents a description of environmental contingencies in a maximum security correctional setting and includes an examination of the behavioral interactions between security, case managers and inmates. How problems are generated by the physical environment, how court-mandated changes in staff activities affect the work itself, and how verbal and nonverbal environmental events interact in this setting to produce serious problems for those living/working in such a setting are described.

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