Democracy in Prison and Prison Education

Eggleston, Carolyn; Gehring, Thom
September 2000
Journal of Correctional Education;Sep2000, Vol. 51 Issue 3, p306
Academic Journal
After the Mutual Welfare League [a democratic inmate organization] had been in operation for 2 years, an officer of long experience... [said] 'I don't understand it.' 'Well, said I... I will tell you something- Please don't give me away, for this is a secret. I don't understand it either. I've been trying to understand it for six years... and I haven't succeeded yet. However, don't let it worry you; it is not necessary that either of us should understand it. We know, as a fact, that they do not run away; ...Now you may explain it any way you like, but I may as well tell you that I shan't care a snap of my fingers for your theory; and my theories are of no particular value or interest to you or anyone else. Not only that; I have not a single theory or idea about this prison game that I am not ready to alter or throw away the moment it bumps up against a fact. We are learning new facts every day here; because we are dealing with real, live human beings--the most interesting things in the world. (Osborne, 1924,45-47). INSET: The "Republic Yell".


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