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From the Publisher"Bridging literature from diverse fields, and combining theoretical insight with an unusually broad range of empirical sources, Rosie Meek has provided a vital analysis of the history, role and potential benefits of sports and physical activity in prisons. Sport in Prisons is a groundbreaking and well-grounded book and it deserves a wide readership."
Dr Ben Crewe, University of Cambridge, Institute of Criminology, UK
"With an abundance of negative information about prison cultures, Sport in Prisons is a refreshing look at how even simple programs such as physical education can make a positive difference for staff and residents of these institutions. Dr. Meek makes a compelling case to invest in sports programs in prisons while also providing critical knowledge about organizational and other barriers to implementing these changes. Given the rampant problems associated with prisons worldwide, this book will most certainly appeal to an international audience."
Associate Professor Laura S. Abrams, UCLA, Luskin School of Public Affairs, USA
"There is a dangerous, tabloid-led movement afoot in the UK that seeks to reduce prisoner gym access and involvement in sport. Meek’s thoughtful, rigorous analysis of the impacts of such activities on prisoners and prison climates is precisely what is needed to combat such blatant stupidity. It should be widely read by those genuinely interested in a rehabilitation revolution."
Professor Shadd Maruna, Institute of Criminology and Criminal Justice, Queen’s University Belfast, N. Ireland