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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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2. Criminological Foundations: Erik D. Fritsvold


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2. Criminological Foundations


In the early part of the twenty-first century, the United States of America is in the midst of an unprecedented series of policy shifts in crime, corrections and criminal justice policy. National crime rates for both violent and property crime have decreased significantly since the mid 1990s. While there is noticeable geographical variation, some American cities are as safe as they have been anytime in the past half-century. The series of social, political and economic forces that intertwined to produce forty years of mass incarceration are being challenged, reshaped and reconfigured; the extent and duration of these challenges, and the ultimate impacts on crime and public safety, remain to be seen. However, it is undeniable that the discourse of modern criminal justice policy has changed. Our nation’s once unyielding, unwavering and largely bi-partisan dedication to tough on crime rhetoric and criminal justice policy has changed. Cornerstone issues like drug policy, the death penalty, and some punitive sentencing statutes have been reconfigured, many with the goal of being “smart on crime” (Wilkinson, 2015). And again, while the duration and impacts of these changes largely remains to be seen, criminal justice in America has undeniably changed.

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