chapter  2
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The Child Sex Offenders

Within the prison population there exists a subculture made up of all those prisoners who need protection from the mainstream population; these are the men who reside in the Vulnerable Prisoners unit and include informers, ex-police officers, those with special educational needs and sex offenders. In short, this unit houses all those individuals who are at risk of attack from their fellow prisoners. Life within this subculture is different to life in the mainstream population; it is no less difficult, no less of an alien environment within which to survive but the characteristics of the men ensure that the dominant moral order is unlike that of the main prison wings.