Prison social hierarchy

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Prison social hierarchy refers to the social status of prisoners within a correctional facility, and how that status is used to exert power over other inmates. A prisoner's place in the hierarchy is determined by a wide array of factors including previous crimes, access to contraband, affiliation with prison gangs, and physical or sexual domination of other prisoners.[1] [2] [3] [4]


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  2. ^ Smith, Jim. "Rough justice in the gaolbirds' pecking order". The Independent. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  3. ^ Hensley, Christopher; Jeremy Wright, Richard Tewksbury, Tammy Castle (September 1, 2003). "The Evolving Nature of Prison Argot and Sexual Hierarchies" (PDF). The Prison Journal. 83 (3): 289–300. Retrieved 24 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Kloehn, Steve (September 27, 1991). "Prisoners Observe Hierarchy". Bangor Daily News. Retrieved 24 May 2014.