Violence Caused By Prisoners Attitudes To Violence In Prisons

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It is reported regularly that violence is a serious problem in Australian jails as well. A West Australian survey found that ‘prisons are dangerous places where the threat of violence is ever present.’ (Goulding, 2007) When prisoners are living in a constant state of fear they are more likely to deal with this by becoming perpetrators themselves due to the relentless exposure. The interviews conducted by Goulding demonstrated that inmates had a casual attitude to violence on account of their constant exposure to it. One inmate reported, ‘Before, I'd have to struggle to act violently. Now, 1 have to struggle not to.’

The idea that prison guards help perpetuate violence is also claimed in Australia. This also contributes to the inmates’ sense
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