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Management of Dangerous and Difficult Prisoners

NCJ Number
Howard Journal of Criminal Justice Volume: 26 Issue: 2 Dated: (May 1987) Pages: 139-152
A G Coyle
Date Published
14 pages
The problem of how to manage those prisoners who refuse to conform to standard prison rules and regulations has attracted considerable attention in Great Britain and North America. This article describes some of the strategies adopted in Canada and the United States and contrasts them with developments in Scotland.
It is concluded that there should be a prior statement of the objective of any alternative unit for this type of prisoner, that its regime should be clearly defined, that a consensus should be reached about what constitutes a difficult or dangerous prisoner, and that the wider implications of managing this type of prisoner should be publicly appreciated. 14 references. (Author abstract modified)