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Performing an anthropological study often involves criticism from many directions. While our study was not immune to some of the limitations , we did our best to reduce them as much as possible. The data for this study was taken from interviews of experts who work with prisoners and the criminal population. In collecting the information for this study , we faced unequivocal refusal and even anger from prisoners, who insisted they would not cooperate. We quickly realized that this is a secret and classified language of symbols and codes which the criminals do not want to expose or share with the public. This state of things, along with the prisoners’ extreme reluctance to cooperate, drove us to seek other sources of information—intelligence personnel who work with criminal populations in general and prisoners in particular. This included intelligence officers from the IPS , intelligence coordinators in the Israeli Police , and medical staff who emigrated from the former Soviet Union and worked in Israel’s correctional system.