There is a growing body of wok focusing both theoretically and empirically on the crucial issue of power in custodial settings. The majority of these works, according to Rhodes (2001), do not engage with the coercive and disciplinary power that characterises coercive institutions (contra, Carrabine 2004; Crewe 2009; Drake 2012, 2015; Kaufman 2015), nor do those works (and this aspect is crucial here) explore coercive institutions as a site imbued, to a lesser or greater extent, in the practice of the use of force.