chapter  4
General features of prison work
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The last chapter portrayed different kinds of prison work one by one. Now we draw together evidence from all the kinds of work studied to look at salient features of prison work in general. These features largely correspond to several of those which the Prison Service in 1992 listed in its first criterion for judging prison work,1 as follows:

Is the work experience realistic compared with that likely to be found outside, in terms of: acceptance of responsibility; hours of attendance; production processes/technology; interaction with others (supervisors, workmates); incentives for good work/penalties for poor performance; chances of the inmate getting that kind of job outside; the pace of work?