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Prison Sex: Practice and Policy

Christopher Hensley, editor
Prison Sex: Practice and Policy
ISBN: 978-1-58826-063-5
ISBN: 978-1-58826-087-1
2002/189 pages/LC: 2001058463

"Perhaps the single most comprehensive resource to date on this subject."—Leanne Fiftal Alarid, Crime, Law, and Social Change

"In 10 well written selections, the contributors to Prison Sex: Practice and Policy have compiled, synthesized, and explained the extant research literature on a subject that typically is neglected in the literature of corrections."—Christopher E. Smith, Criminal Justice Review

"Prison sex is one of the most critical, but often ignored, issues in the U.S. correctional system. . . . It is refreshing to see a book that puts all the related concerns into place."—Chau-Pu Chiang

"An excellent source for anyone seeking information about prisons, as well as prison sex."—Suzanne E. Tallichet


Sex in prison remains a taboo topic, largely ignored by scientists and society alike. This comprehensive volume explores prison sex, presenting original research on consensual and nonconsensual intercourse, as well as the effects of conjugal visitation policies, HIV/AIDS management, and the treatment of sexually assaulted inmates. The authors also shed light on the sexual hierarchies that form in prisons.

The data, interview excerpts, and policy recommendations found throughout the work provide an evocative illustration of U.S. prison systems and their profound effect on society.


Christopher Hensley is assistant professor of criminal justice at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.


  • Introduction: Life and Sex in Prison—C. Hensley.
  • Argot Roles and Prison Sexual Hierarchy—T. Castle, C. Hensley, and R. Tewksbury.
  • Nonconsensual Sexual Behavior—J. Kunselman, R. Tewksbury, R. Dumond, and D.A. Dumond.
  • Prison Staff and Male Rape—H. Eigenberg.
  • The Treatment of Sexual Assault Victims—R. Dumond and D.A. Dumond.
  • Training Staff on Inmate Sexual Assault—R. Dumond and D.A. Dumond.
  • Inmates with HIV/AIDS: A Growing Concern—R.L. Gido.
  • Consensual Sexual Behavior—M. Kocheski, C. Hensley, J. Wright and R. Tewksbury.
  • Masturbation—D. McGaughey and R. Tewksbury.
  • Conjugal Visitation Programs: The Logical Conclusion—C. Hensley, S. Rutland and P. Gray-Ray.