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The Responsible Prisoner

Pryor, Stephen
June 4, 2015

Source: (2002) Relational Justice Bulletin. July (15): 1-3. Downloaded 15 May 2003.

Stephen Pryor argues in this essay for the responsible prisoner. By “responsible prisonerâ€? he means a person who, though in prison, retains his or her responsibilities, or learns to take them on, whether in relation to his or her sentence, family, or activities within prison. Accordingly, the questions for the prison service are whether the responsible prisoner is damaged as little as possible and whether he or she retains or learns as much responsibility as possible within the prison. The prison service must not take away more responsibility than is necessary to maintain people in custody. Moreover, it should go beyond mere custody to require responsible behavior of the prisoner.


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