Prisons are veritable universities of crime. Within them young offenders learn both the values and the techniques of hardened criminals. In addition to these lessons in professional ethics and theory, aspiring criminals also get hands-on experience within prison walls, for prisons are also centers of criminal activity: drug and arms trafficking, rape, gang warfare, and murder. And, like all good universities, prisons help their proteges make the contacts they need to further their budding careers.
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McWhorter, Ladelle. "Self-Overcoming in Foucault's Discipline and Punish." In Transitions in Continental Philosophy, edited by Arleen B. Dallery, Stephen H. Watson, and E. Marya. Bower, 33-41. Albany: State University of New York Press, 1994.