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‘Cavemen in an era of speed-of-light technology’ : historical and contemporary perspectives on communication within prisons

Jewkes, Yvonne; Johnston, Helen

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Yvonne Jewkes

Abstract

Many prisoners believe that the restricted access they have to computer-mediated communcation (CMC) technologies and, in particular, the almost total absence of computers and Internet access in prisons is a form of censure that renders them second-class citizens in the Information Age. This article examines contemporary rationales and historial precedents for denying prisoners the means to communicate (both with each other and with those outside the prison) and argues that the prevention of communication, a pivotal feature of the Victorian and Edwardian prison regime, represents a significant continuity in the experience of prison life in the 21st Century.

Publication Date 2009-05
Journal Howard journal of criminal justice
Print ISSN 0265-5527
Electronic ISSN 1468-2311
Publisher Wiley
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 48
Issue 2
Pages 132-143
Institution Citation Jewkes, Y., & Johnston, H. (2009). ‘Cavemen in an era of speed-of-light technology’ : historical and contemporary perspectives on communication within prisons. Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 48(2), 132-143. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2009.00559.x
DOI https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2009.00559.x
Keywords Communication; Historical and contemporary imprisonment; Computer‐mediated technologies
Publisher URL http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/j.1468-2311.2009.00559.x/full
Additional Information This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: JEWKES, Y. and JOHNSTON, H. (2009), ‘Cavemen in an Era of Speed-of-Light Technology’: Historical and Contemporary Perspectives on Communication within Prisons. The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 48: 132–143, which has been published in final form at http://onlinelibrary.wi...2311.2009.00559.x/full. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance With Wiley Terms and Conditions for self-archiving.

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