radio interview ‘Exploring the shadow world of ICE prisons’

This radio interview contains much material that is instructive in terms of societal devaluation. One claim made in the interview is that these prisons, many of them for-profit, exploit the labor of the prisoners. If accurate, this may remind us of similar exploitative practices which were common at many institutions. See for example these reports: […]

Posted on March 13, 2017 at 5:49 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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transporting prisoners

Some of the wounds resulting from social devaluation (as described by SRV) include being cast into the devalued role of menace and/or subhuman, as well as distantiation. A recent commentary in the 14 June 2015 NY Times Magazine provides a first-person account of a typical practice of prisoner transport. The writer comments about being driven […]

Posted on June 22, 2015 at 5:26 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Guardian article: ‘Secrecy surrounds Texas prisoner transfers in wake of rioting’

This 2015 newspaper article is relevant to the process of societal devaluation and resultant wounding taught in leadership level Social Role Valorization workshops. The key focus of the title and article has to do with distantiation, particularly removing prisoners to unknown locations. However, the entire article bears analysis from an SRV perspective. Marc Tumeinski Tweet

Posted on February 24, 2015 at 9:42 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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NY Times article: ‘Rikers to Ban Isolation for Inmates 21 and Younger’

This NY Times article would be interesting to read, analyze and discuss from an SRV perspective (e.g., in an SRV study group, university class, etc.). Some angles for analysis and discussion might include: • segregation and congregation of prisoners • lack of culturally valued analogues for prison • interpersonal identification (or lack thereof) between guards […]

article: Experiences of subculture within a prison community

This UK article looks at societal devaluation associated with prisons, particularly with prisoners with additional devaluing conditions (e.g., intellectual impairment.) From the article: • As part of my third-year learning disability branch placement in a British prison I looked at social role valorisation and how people with learning disabilities are perceived in society.   • People are […]

Posted on August 26, 2013 at 10:31 pm by MTumeinski · Permalink · Leave a comment
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Globe and Mail news item: when prison feels like home

Thanks to Bill Forman for sharing this news item from the Globe & Mail. The brief anecdote is an example of being socialized into the devalued role of prisoner, so that the role eventually becomes internalized (Wolfensberger, SRV monograph, 2004, p. 27). This example touches on many elements of role theory, such as the power […]

Posted on February 18, 2013 at 10:54 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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Prisons and ‘setting access’

This NY Times article entitled ‘Alabama’s White Elephant’ describes several likely problematic consequences of a new federal prison for women being built in Alabama (US). Many of these problems can be framed and understood in an SRV/PASSING context. It would also be possible to draw out even more likely negative consequences which are not mentioned […]

Posted on July 17, 2012 at 11:28 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · 4 Comments
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SRV in the News – May 18, 2012

Recently in Canada, there has been a media sensation over the release of former media baron and still-writer and columnist Conrad Black from an American prison (where he was serving time for various white-collar crimes). On May 4th, despite having renounced his citizenship in 2001, Black arrived in Canada a free man, on a 1 […]

Posted on May 18, 2012 at 7:57 am by stevetiff · Permalink · One Comment
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US Bureau of Justice Statistics: Crime Against Persons With Disabilities, 2008-2010 – Statistical Tables

A report from the US Bureau of Justice. I have not started reviewing this material yet, and so may have more to post on in the future, but even the highlights are sadly instructive about the predictable impacts of social and societal devaluation on people in heightened vulnerability: “In 2010, for both males and females the […]

Posted on February 21, 2012 at 6:23 am by MTumeinski · Permalink · One Comment
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SRV In the News: Disabled inmates denied crucial access, judge says

This article from the San Francisco Chronicle, details the trouble that inmates of county jails in California have had in gaining access to basic aids for their physical impairments. According to the district judge interviewed in the article, prisoners have been denied access to canes, wheelchairs, sign language interpreters and telephone-assistance devices. The judge claims […]

Posted on January 23, 2012 at 7:29 pm by stevetiff · Permalink · 3 Comments
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