2001 0-7734-7616-4 This work is an effort at understanding the various structural and organizational elements of the modern prison. The various elements of criminal justice policy and administrative s are synthesized with the emerging roles, ideologies and patterns of interactions within the modern correctional settings. Formal and informal systems of interaction are examined and analyzed with an emphasis on emerging trends of prison social organization. There are also important implications for criminal justice policy and research. It contains a lengthy overview of prison literature and a theoretical approach that is logical, consistent and easy to follow, including detailed and lengthy interactions with both correctional personnel and inmate population. The book is designed to serve a diverse audience. Its benefit is paramount to scholars of criminal justice, a field which is often hidden in thickets of ideology and rhetoric. This straightforward depiction attempts to undo the myths and misperceptions about the social structure of a penal institute.