The purpose of this chapter is to examine the general conditions for those living on death row in the United States. This examination involves the various restrictions of freedom outside of cell, size and conditions in cells, allowances on personal property, and limits on food and recreation. Special attention is given to discussing the unique relationships that often develop between correctional officers and death row inmates. These relationships are explored through the phenomena of “Hustling” (i.e., any actions taken by an inmate to generate revenue, power, or control over their environment). This type of behavior often is used as a coping mechanism for death row inmates as they deal with their living environment and potential fate. An interesting aspect of this behavior is that it can also serve as a coping mechanism for correctional officers working through the unique demands placed on those working with condemned inmates.
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