Violence is an unwanted yet expected aspect of life in many prison facilities. Individual incidents of violence, however, are different from widespread prison riots, which are defined as an attempt by inmates to collectively take control of all or part of a prison facility. Prison riots can be either expressive, in that they are spontaneous events, or instrumental, meaning that they are planned with some goal in mind. Over the past century, as the prison system in the United States has grown, prison riots have become more common, ignited ...

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