The Law: Organizing Behind Bars

Prisons have long been recognized as schools for criminals, institutions that can — and often do — turn amateurs into professional lawbreakers. Lately, however, it has become obvious that the prison curriculum has broadened considerably. As if a trade school had turned into a university, the lessons in criminal know-how from fellow inmates have now shifted to a more general unofficial education in sociology, history and politics. The growth of the new curriculum has coincided with a widespread proliferation of new prison organiza tions. Some have provided a useful self-help structure; others have...

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