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Drug treatment in a Swedish women's prison: relations and identities among prison officers and prisoners
Örebro University, School of Law, Psychology and Social Work. (SOVIL)
2015 (English)In: Probation Journal, ISSN 0264-5505, E-ISSN 1741-3079, Vol. 62, no 3, p. 234-250Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This article describes life in a drug-treatment wing (a prison therapeutic community) in a Swedish women’s prison, and aims to analyse prisoners’ and prison officers’ relations and identities, through observation field notes and interviews with staff and prisoners. The studied prison has a drug-treatment programme based on Twelve Step Facilitation Therapy, with external therapists. Within the treatment wing, prison officers are abandoning the traditional staff identity for one of ‘co-therapist’. The female prisoner-identity is initially that of the ‘traditional prisoner’, but is often replaced by other situational identities such as the ‘conscious addict’ and the ‘good group-member’. In cases of frustration and threats in the wing, the more traditional identities might temporarily be ‘re-activated’. This might be a source of confusion and inner conflict, especially for the prisoners.

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Sage Publications, 2015. Vol. 62, no 3, p. 234-250
Keyword [en]
drugs, identity, prison, prisoners, relationships, women
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Social Work
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:oru:diva-46869DOI: 10.1177/0264550515587973OAI: oai:DiVA.org:oru-46869DiVA: diva2:874995
Available from: 2015-11-30 Created: 2015-11-30 Last updated: 2017-12-01Bibliographically approved

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