Prison Subcultures & the Deprivation Model


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What do we call enclosed areas where residents share all parts of their daily lives?

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1. What are the customs, beliefs, attitudes, values, and lifestyles of the prison inmates within a particular prison?

2. What is the set of norms, or the expected behavior, of inmates?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

Prison subculture is an interesting phenomenon that occurs because inmates share so much of their daily lives. You'll be assessed on the vocabulary associated with this concept, including words such as prisonization, total institution, and prison code.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

You will need to know the words associated with prison subculture that match the following definitions:

  • Enclosed area where people's daily activities and routines are shared
  • Customs, values, lifestyles, and beliefs of the inmates in a particular prison
  • Unofficial rule book for inmates
  • Process through which inmates adapt to the prison lifestyle
  • Model that blames prison subculture on the lack of basic things like privacy and personal security

Skills Practiced

  • Reading comprehension - ensure that you draw the most important information from the related lesson on prison subculture
  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define main phrases, such as the term for inmates' unofficial rule book
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the theories about the causes of prison subcultures
  • Knowledge application - use your knowledge to answer questions about how new inmates learn the customs, values, and lifestyle of their new environment

Additional Learning

Prison subculture is an intriguing topic to study. Review the accompanying criminal justice lesson called Prison Subcultures & the Deprivation Model. It will cover the following social science objectives:

  • Learn about the influences and elements of prison subculture
  • Understand different theories of prison subculture
  • Know important vocabulary terms