Researching CJS and Prison

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Prisons are generally among the most closed and controlled social settings, particularly those who commit serious crimes.

Open prisons where crimes are more minor allow researchers to have access. Research may have to be overt due to the lack of roles for them to play.

There are separate genders cells meaning studying one cell will not be representative.

The majority of cell mates will be young, male and working class who will have lower literacy rates and


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