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The Law Is a White Dog: How Legal Rituals Make and Unmake Persons

Colin Dayan

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
October 2017
ISBN:
9780691070919
eISBN:
9781400838592
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Princeton University Press
DOI:
10.23943/princeton/9780691070919.001.0001
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

Abused dogs, prisoners tortured in Guantánamo and supermax facilities, or slaves killed by the state—all are deprived of personhood through legal acts. Such deprivations have recurred throughout ... More


Assessment and Treatment Strategies for Correctional Institutions

Paul Gendreau and Paul Smith

in Using Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195384642
eISBN:
9780199914609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384642.003.0052
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter argues that while the predominant intention of incarceration, especially in the United States, has been punishment, prisons also offer the possibility of improving the behavior of ... More


Metamorphosis: How to Transform Punishment in America

Robert A. Ferguson

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300230833
eISBN:
9780300235296
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300230833.001.0001
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

In the past few years, the need for prison reform in America has reached the level of a consensus. We agree that many prison terms are too long, especially for nonviolent drug offenders; that ... More


Public Attitudes and Punitive Policies

Tom R. Tyler and Lindsay E. Rankin

in Using Social Science to Reduce Violent Offending

Published in print:
2011
Published Online:
September 2011
ISBN:
9780195384642
eISBN:
9780199914609
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384642.003.0036
Subject:
Psychology, Forensic Psychology

This chapter discusses how public attitudes help shape penal policy. It argues that law enforcement and the public have ambivalently embraced an instrumental approach, that is, the threat of or ... More


Do Americans Like to Punish?

Robert A. Ferguson

in Metamorphosis: How to Transform Punishment in America

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
September 2018
ISBN:
9780300230833
eISBN:
9780300235296
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Yale University Press
DOI:
10.12987/yale/9780300230833.003.0003
Subject:
Law, Criminal Law and Criminology

This chapter addresses the question of whether Americans like to punish. The United States clearly punishes more heavily and for longer periods than other countries, with comparable social and ... More


The Age of Jackson: George Jackson and the Radical Critique of Incarceration

Lee Bernstein

in America Is the Prison: Arts and Politics in Prison in the 1970s

Published in print:
2010
Published Online:
July 2014
ISBN:
9780807833872
eISBN:
9781469604046
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of North Carolina Press
DOI:
10.5149/9780807898321_bernstein.6
Subject:
History, Cultural History

This chapter shows how the conservative politicians steered the national debate regarding criminal justice policy toward increasing repression during the late 1960s and early 1970s. At the same time, ... More


Doing Time in the Depression: Everyday Life in Texas and California Prisons

Ethan Blue

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814709405
eISBN:
9780814723166
Item type:
book
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814709405.001.0001
Subject:
History, Social History

As banks crashed, belts tightened, and cupboards emptied across the country, American prisons grew fat. This book tells the story of the 1930s as seen from the cell blocks and cotton fields of Texas ... More


Al-Qaeda of California

Mark S. Hamm

in The Spectacular Few: Prisoner Radicalization and the Evolving Terrorist Threat

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
March 2016
ISBN:
9780814725443
eISBN:
9780814724071
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
NYU Press
DOI:
10.18574/nyu/9780814725443.003.0007
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

This chapter situates the case of the Jam'iyyat Ul-Islam Is-Saheeh (JIS) within the larger story of the reemergence of Islam in U.S. prisons during the era of mass incarceration. In particular, the ... More


In Reality—From the Row

Derrick Quintero

in Death and Other Penalties: Philosophy in a Time of Mass Incarceration

Published in print:
2015
Published Online:
September 2015
ISBN:
9780823265299
eISBN:
9780823266685
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Fordham University Press
DOI:
10.5422/fordham/9780823265299.003.0004
Subject:
Philosophy, Political Philosophy

This chapter presents the author's thoughts about the American prison system and the death penalty. The chapter identifies four problems with the current carceral regime: First, prisons compound the ... More


Kings, Warriors, Magicians, and Lovers: Prison Theater and Alternative Performances of Masculinity

Jonathan Shailor

in Working for Justice: A Handbook of Prison Education and Activism

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
April 2017
ISBN:
9780252037702
eISBN:
9780252094965
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
University of Illinois Press
DOI:
10.5406/illinois/9780252037702.003.0002
Subject:
Sociology, Law, Crime and Deviance

This chapter illustrates how theater helps imprisoned men explore new modes of self-actualization. Recognizing that “bad masculinity” drives much of the violence in the American prison culture, it ... More


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