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Incarcerated Interactions

A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication


Edited By Erik D. Fritsvold and Jonathan M. Bowman

Incarcerated Interactions: A Theory-Driven Analysis of Applied Prison Communication is an innovative, applied edited book that uses core interdisciplinary social science theories to analyze and describe the social psychology and sociology of communicative interactions amongst incarcerated individuals. Beginning with the fundamentals of human interactions, this edited volume allows scholars across a variety of disciplines (such as criminology, sociology, communication studies, social psychology, anthropology, and economics) to become familiar with and apply the core principles and the requisite terminology of human communication within a criminological context. Each of the four sections of the text not only build upon the knowledge structures of previous chapters, but also function as stand-alone analyses and/or applications of extant scholarship within essential contexts. From a general discussion of core social science theory to the specific application of that theory in a range of scholarly contexts, this book addresses relevant issues such as mental illness and wellness, the gendered experience of inmates, recidivism rates, violence, the criminogenic effect of incarceration and the large-scale implications of prison gangs and their associated cultural influence, to name a few.

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The cop—excuse me the deputy sheriff—a bored and beefy young man, had apparently been asked this before. He answered by shoving me into the cell before saying, “Suicide Watch 3, a**hole, and don’t even think of offing yourself during my shift”.

Offing myself? That sounded not only preposterous but so, well, late sixtyish. Nevertheless, I was scared s***less.

“There must be some mistake, I’m not suicidal.” I suspect the cop had also heard this before.

“Oh, that’s right, excuse us—you’re f***ing homicidal! There’s no mistake, d***wad. You were arrested on a Murder One with a deadly weapon. That’s a capital crime in this state, so you get to say in suicide watch with the other killers and J-Cats until you’re transferred to the joint. Then you can f***ing kill yourself”.

“J-Cats?” Curiouser and curiouser—I felt like Alice fallen into the rabbit hole.

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