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Progressive Punishment: Job Loss, Jail Growth, and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion

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ISBN: 9781479808779
Author(s): Judah Schept
Format: Paperback
Year: 2015
Publisher: New York University Press
Dimensions: 152 x 226 x 23 (w x l x h)
Pages: 320
Series: Alternative Criminology

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The growth of mass incarceration in the United States eludes neat categorization as a product of the political Right. Liberals played important roles in both laying the foundation for and then participating in the conservative tough on crime movement that is largely credited with the rise of the prison state. But what of those politicians and activists on the Left who reject punitive politics in favor of rehabilitation and a stronger welfare state? Can progressive policies such as these, with their benevolent intentions, nevertheless contribute to the expansion of mass incarceration? In Progressive Punishment, Judah Schept offers an ethnographic examination into the politics of incarceration in Bloomington, Indiana in order to consider the ways that liberal discourses about therapeutic justice and rehabilitation can uphold the logics, practices and institutions that comprise the carceral state. Schept examines how political leaders on the Left, despite being critical of mass incarceration, advocated for a 'justice campus' that would have dramatically expanded the local criminal justice system.
At the root of this proposal, Schept argues, is a confluence of neoliberal-style changes in the community that naturalized prison expansion as political common sense among leaders negotiating crises of deindustrialization, urban decline, and the d Please click here to ask a question
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