Prisons, State and Violence

  • Maria João Guia
  • Sílvia Gomes

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiii
  2. Maria João Guia, Sílvia Gomes
    Pages 1-6
  3. Julie Mestre Brancale, Thomas G. Blomberg
    Pages 7-13
  4. Elisa García-España
    Pages 71-84
  5. Raquel Matos, Manuela Ivone Cunha, Joana Santos
    Pages 115-127
  6. António Pedro Dores, Nuno Henrique Pontes, Arianna Silvestri, Ricardo Loureiro
    Pages 161-177

About this book


This book provides a unique analysis of prisons and the violence at work inside them. It not only addresses aspects such as racial discrimination, especially in US prisons, but also gender differences, specific criminal groups operating within prisons, the reintegration processes and its failures. Combining works by various authors, it presents diverse perspectives on prison violence: in countries ranging from the USA to Australia, crossing European countries such as Portugal and Spain, among others, but also specific aspects such as prohibitions on phone calls, the economic crisis, and the current challenges of mass incarceration. As such, it offers a broad overview of several problems relevant to all scholars interested in deepening their understanding of violence in prisons.


Prison law Inequality in prison Public policies in prison Racism Discrimination Racial discrimination Gender equality Equal rights Prisoner Criminal justice Prevention of violence Conditions of detention Imprisonment Prison sentence Jail sentence Detention Incarceration Organized crime Gang delinquency

Editors and affiliations

  • Maria João Guia
    • 1
  • Sílvia Gomes
    • 2
  1. 1.CoimbraPortugal
  2. 2.Instituto Superior da MaiaMaiaPortugal

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