chapter  III
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Reclassification of disciplinary incidents

In the prison records, all reported offences by inmates are classified according to the regulation reputedly broken. This classification was found to be inadequate for the purposes of this study, and all the incidents were reclassified according to a set of categories which I felt to be psychologically more meaningful. The reclassification was first done on the basis of the recorded evidence of both the officer bringing the charge and the offender; and then, wherever there was any possible doubt, the incident was explored further with informants.