Chapter 4. Prisoner Needs

  1. David A. Crighton Deputy Chief Psychologist visiting Professor Deputy Head Consultant Psychologist past Secretary Treasurer Chief Examiner editorial board member1 and
  2. Graham J. Towl MPhil Chief Psychologist visiting Professor member Head recipient past Chair Treasurer external examiner2

Published Online: 12 FEB 2009

DOI: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch4

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition

How to Cite

Crighton, D. A. and Towl, G. J. (2008) Prisoner Needs, in Psychology in Prisons, Second Edition, BPS Blackwell, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781444301724.ch4

Author Information

  1. 1

    Universities of Aberdeen, London, UK

  2. 2

    Universities of Durham, London, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 12 FEB 2009
  2. Published Print: 15 FEB 2008

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781405160100

Online ISBN: 9781444301724



  • criminal-justice-based practitioners;
  • prisoner needs;
  • physical health needs;
  • psychological studies in area of AIDs and HIV virus;
  • links between diet and behaviour;
  • psychological work to improve long-term health outcomes;
  • alcohol and drug misuse - areas needing physical and mental health;
  • social exclusion unit report ‘reducing re-offending by ex-prisoners’;
  • politics of prisoner needs


This chapter contains sections titled:

  • Introduction

  • Prisoner Needs

  • The Politics of Prisoner Needs

  • Summary

  • Notes