In a prison there are many different types of internal and external relationships. If there were not any internal or external relationships prisoners may become vulnerable and very lonely leading to more serious things. External Friends and Family – This is arguably the most important external relationship, this is because they can offer the prisoner emotional and moral support. Most family and friends will be by your side through the ups and downs of life, which for a prisoner is a very important and reassuring thing to know.
Employers – It is also important for a prisoner to try and have a good external relationship with any previous employers, so that they still have a second chance and can start fresh in their job. It is also up to employers whether they want to give any people that have been in prison a fresh job opportunity. Police – The police have the powers to offer protection to people who have formally been in prison to the public; this can be for various reasons such as not wanting to see a certain group of people or a certain person who they may have been in trouble with previously.
Probation officers – It is very important for a prisoner to have a strong relationship with their probation officer as their main job is to try and safely bring the prisoner back into the community. Local Authorities – This is another important relationship as they can offer the prisoners advice on things such as job seeking, housing and the management of their finances. Social Services – Social services will offer support with the custody of their children and help them to get back with their children when they leave prison, which for any prisoner that has children is invaluable.
They may also try and help on developing their life skills and help them with their rehabilitation. Internal The main internal relationship in a prison is the one between a prisoner and the prison staff. It is important because it can create a safer and more friendly environment throughout the whole prison, which will hopefully mean that prison guards do not have to resort to physical control over the prisoners when it comes to things such as security checks, maintaining order, searching procedures and supervising prisoners.
There are also prison councillors that a prisoner may come into contact with, they are given the opportunities to gain qualifications within the prison to help them get a job when they have done their sentence. Also if prisoners are well behaved and have shown a good sign of maturity, they will be given the opportunity to leave the prison early before the whole sentence is finished. This will also mean that when they get out the community they will live in will become a safer place.