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The Prison Firm: Conceptualising and Researching English Manifestations of Prison Organised Crime

TREADWELL, James (2019) The Prison Firm: Conceptualising and Researching English Manifestations of Prison Organised Crime. In: Justice Reimagined: The intersection between Academia, Government, Industry and the Community (2019), 10-13 December 2019, Perth, Western Australia. (Unpublished)

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This paper introduces debates on the political economy of prison organised crime in England and Wales and the role of the organised crime group, or what here is called the ‘Prison Firm’. It examines the strength and limitations of the concept of the gang and gang narratives that connect with discourses on organised crime, which are frequently deployed in discussions regarding community-based criminality, and yet are less frequently considered in the context of the prison. Focusing on the connections between criminal culture and the specific political economy of prison locale, the paper argues that, for serious crime networks, the prison has several important roles and functions. However, in mainstream criminology or penology, the conception and dominant view of the prison as a largely detached and separate realm is problematic. The prison plays a central role in both forming and limiting the contacts between specific criminal coalitions, as well as a realm of opportunity, especially when the prison is understood specifically as a significant (captive) market for illicit drugs.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Faculty: School of Law, Policing and Forensics > Law
Event Title: Justice Reimagined: The intersection between Academia, Government, Industry and the Community (2019)
Event Location: Perth, Western Australia
Event Dates: 10-13 December 2019
Depositing User: James TREADWELL
Date Deposited: 26 Apr 2021 09:08
Last Modified: 26 Apr 2021 09:08
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/6885

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