How do we study prisons when they are relatively inaccessible and out of our reach? […]

… And how do researchers balance scientific curiosity, self-doubt and moral repugnance when engaging with punitive practices of imprisonment.
For some answers to these question please see Liv S. Gaborit’s recent article ‘Looking through the Prison Gate’, Tomas Max Martin’s discussion of Kafka and qualms, and Andrew M. Jefferson’s meditation on his desire to know and not know what goes on behind the walls.