prison

It was all a bit of a mystery – Scotland’s ‘most violent men’ were not being violent. As a young clinical psychologist, your first author was confronted by this mystery while working in the Barlinnie Special Unit (Boyle, 1977; Cooke, 1989). The unit was a small experimental...

‘It was a terrifying experience... sometimes I didn’t eat and I was losing weight, and my mind was just everywhere. I couldn’t think straight.’

With the media awash with stories of prison being too soft and providing a ‘cushy’ lifestyle for inmates, it is...