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Imprisonment

 

the most stringent form of punishment entailing deprivation of freedom.

In the USSR, imprisonment is very infrequent; as a rule, the penalty of deprivation of freedom takes the form of a term of confinement in a correctional labor colony. Under Soviet criminal law, imprisonment may be imposed for all or part of the term of deprivation of freedom in the case of persons who have committed serious crimes or who are dangerous recidivists. The law provides that individuals (except minors) guilty of malicious transgressions in a correctional labor colony may be transferred to a prison for a period of up to three years. Prisoners who show model behavior and conscientious work attitudes may have their prison sentence reduced by half; the remainder of the sentence is then served in a correctional labor colony. Soviet law does not provide for life imprisonment.

The bourgeois states currently use imprisonment as the prevailing penalty entailing deprivation of freedom. Imprisonment may be for an indefinite period (as in France, for example) or for life (as in the United States).

Imprisonment

See also Isolation.
Alcatraz Island
former federal maximum security penitentiary, near San Francisco; “escapeproof.” [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 218]
Altmark, the
German prison ship in World War II. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 27]
Andersonville
in southwest Georgia; imprisoned Union soldiers died under wretched conditions. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 99]
Attica
well-known prison in Attica, New York; remembered for its riot (1971). [Am. Hist.: NCE, 182]
Bajazeth
Turkish emperor confined to a cage by Tamburlaine. [Br. Drama: Tamburlaine the Great in Magill I, 950]
ball and chain
originally penological, now generalized symbol. [Western Folklore: Jobes, 176]
Bastille
Paris prison stormed on July 14, 1789. [Fr. Hist.: Worth, 21]
Birdman of Alcatraz
Robert F. Stroud (1890–1963), convicted murderer, became ornithologist in prison. [Am. Culture: Misc.]
Black Hole of Calcutta
Indian dungeon in which overcrowding suffocated prisoners. [Br. Hist.: Harbottle, 45–46]
Bok, Yakov
held in prison for two years under dreadful conditions. [Am. Lit.: Bernard Malamud The Fixer]
Cereno, Benito
captain held captive by mutinous slaves. [Am. Lit.: Benito Cereno]
Count of Monte Cristo
Edmond Dantes; wrongly imprisoned in the dungeons of Chateau D’If. . [Fr. Lit.: The Count of Monte Cristo, Magill I, 158–160]
Denisovitch, Ivan
struggles to stay alive in a Soviet prison camp. [Russ. Lit.: Solzhenitzyn One Day in the Life of Ivan Denisovitch]
Devil’s Island
Guiana island penal colony (1852–1938); Alfred Dreyfus among famous prisoners there. [Fr. Hist.: NCE, 754]
Droma
chain forged to fetter wolf, Fenris. [Norse Myth.: LLEI, I: 326]
Enormous Room, The
portrays three months behind bars in France. [Am. Lit.: The Enormous Room]
Falconer
prison where former professor Farragut, who had killed his brother, witnesses the torments and chaos of the penal system. [Am. Lit.: Cheever Falconer in Weiss, 151]
Fortunato
walled up to die in catacomb niche. [Am. Lit.: “The Cask of Amontillado” in Portable Poe, 309–316]
Fotheringay
Mary Stuart’s final prison and place of execution (1587). [Br. Hist.: Grun, 260]
Hogan’s Heroes
incarcerated in Stalag 13, unlikeliest of POW camps. [TV: Terrace, I, 357–358]
House of the Dead, The
account of four years in the fortress-prison of Omsk. [Russ. Lit.: Dostoevsky The House of the Dead in Benét, 480]
Ibbetson, Peter
imprisoned for life, spends all his nights in blissful dreams of existence with his beloved. [Br. Lit. & Am. Opera: G. du Maurier Peter Ibbetson in Magill I, 736]
Leavenworth
the oldest military prison (est. 1874); also the name of a state penitentiary. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 984]
Little Dorrit
born and grew up in the prison where for twenty years her father is incarcerated for debt. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Little Dorrit]
Man in the Iron Mask
mystery prisoner; legendary contender for Louis XIV’s throne. [Fr. Hist.: Brewer Note-Book, 460, 555]
Manette, Dr.
lost memory during 18-year term in France. [Br. Lit.: A Tale of Two Cities]
Marshalsea
ancient London prison, long used for incarcerating debtors. [Br. Hist.: Benét, 640]
Newgate
famed jail of London in centuries past. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 754]
Pickwick, Mr
. (Samuel) imprisoned for refusing to pay dam-ages in a breach-of-promise suit. [Br. Lit.: Dickens Pickwick Papers]
Prisoner of Chillon, The
poem by Lord Byron; based on imprisonment of François de Bonnivard. [Br. Lit.: Benét, 817]
Rubashov, Nicholas
political prisoner held in isolation and brutally questioned. [Br. Lit.: Arthur Koestler Darkness at Noon in Magill I, 187]
San Quentin
famous western California prison (established in 1852); the subject of many songs. [Am. Hist.: NCE, 2419]
Sing Sing
notoriously harsh state prison at Ossining, New York. [Am. Hist.: Flexner, 219]
Torquilstone Front
de Boeuf’s castle, where he imprisoned Rowena, Rebecca, and Isaac. [Br. Lit.: Walter Scott Ivanhoe]
Tower of London
famed as jail. [Br. Hist.: Brewer Dictionary, 1094]
Ugolino
treacherous 13th-century count of Pisa, imprisoned and starved to death with his sons and grandsons. [Ital. Poetry: Inferno]
Valjean, Jean
spent nineteen years in prison for stealing loaf of bread. [Fr. Lit.: Les Misérables]
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Compared to men's experience, women's imprisonment was very restrictive.
Indeed, given the nature of women's offending and punishment in New Zealand, the extent of women's co-operation with the discipline may illustrate more about women's imprisonment and their lives on the outside than the examples of those women who defied the regime.
The differences in the female and male patterns of arrest and imprisonment suggest important distinctions in the social roles of the sexes.
Until 1883 in New Zealand inmates could also have their sentences increased for prison offences as visiting justices to the prisons had the power to impose additional terms of imprisonment for each major transgression of the institutional regulations.
Similarly, the small number of women confined and the transit camp nature of their imprisonment reduced the potential for conflict between inmates, or between inmates and staff members.
In Williams's case, imprisonment was a self-perpetuating condition.
Women could and did employ the gaol for their own ends, and placed their own interpretation on what imprisonment entailed.
Women's imprisonment in New Zealand was characterized by short-term sentences and the rapid turnover of a small number of inmates, both of which could hinder the development of tension expressed in either personal violence or abuse.