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Experiences of vulnerability in adult male prisoners: an integrative review.

Heaslip, V., Dugdale, C., Parker, J., Johnsen, B. and Hean, S., 2022. Experiences of vulnerability in adult male prisoners: an integrative review. The Prison Journal, 103 (1), 122-153.

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DOI: 10.1177/00328855221139868


Vulnerability linked to offenders tends to focus on victims and society. Understanding prisoner vulnerability, is important to better address the negative impact of prison life. This paper reviews the evidence on vulnerability reported by male prisoners. 3038 citations were filtered using the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic reviews and Meta-Analysis guidelines. Data were analysed using thematic analysis, highlighting four areas of vulnerability: uncertainty, environmental vulnerability, fear of harm and loss of human connection. The paper notes that basic principles for treatment of prisoners are not met in many areas, indicating a need to shift conceptualisations of vulnerability.

Item Type:Article
Uncontrolled Keywords:Criminal Justice ; Offender ; Prisoner ; Vulnerability ; Social Exclusion
Group:Faculty of Health & Social Sciences
ID Code:36108
Deposited By: Symplectic RT2
Deposited On:18 Oct 2021 09:50
Last Modified:09 Dec 2022 17:48


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