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Prisons and State Building: Promoting ‘The Fiasco of the Prison’ in a Global Context

Drake, Deborah H. (2018). Prisons and State Building: Promoting ‘The Fiasco of the Prison’ in a Global Context. International Journal for Crime, Justice and Social Democracy, 7(4) pp. 1–15.

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Abstract

Prison expansionism around the world is, in part, facilitated by extolling the prison as a symbol of ‘Western‐democracy’ which is justified as an effective and transparent means of enforcing the rule of law and as an internationally recognised indicator of a strong state. This article, however, argues that the realities of prisons do not match up with their symbolic and extolled virtues. Drawing on existing empirical and theoretical literature, this article argues that the role of the prison as a symbol of effective ‘state‐building’ ignores the irrefutable evidence of the ‘fiasco’ of the prison, either to fulfil its own stated purposes or to operate in ways that adhere to or strengthen democratic ideals. Further, it suggests that international bodies, non‐government organisations, state officials and scholars must engage more honestly with the ‘truth about prisons’ and their failure to function in the ways they are imagined to.

Item Type: Journal Item
Copyright Holders: 2018 The Author
ISSN: 2202-8005
Keywords: prisons; democracy; rule of law; human rights; global South
Academic Unit/School: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies > Social Policy and Criminology
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS) > Social Sciences and Global Studies
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences (FASS)
Item ID: 58377
Depositing User: ORO Import
Date Deposited: 19 Dec 2018 10:59
Last Modified: 08 Aug 2019 17:36
URI: http://oro.open.ac.uk/id/eprint/58377
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