Capitalist Punishment / Edition 1

Capitalist Punishment / Edition 1

by Alex Friedman
     
 

ISBN-10: 0932863353

ISBN-13: 9780932863355

Pub. Date: 07/22/2008

Publisher: Clarity Press, Inc.

Prison privatization is a rapidly increasing phenomenon in many Western countries as governments seek to manage burgeoning prison populations within the constraints of a neo-liberal political agenda. But how is public well being served when prisons are run for profit?

Bringing together a group of the most accomplished writers and activists on human rights and prison

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Overview

Prison privatization is a rapidly increasing phenomenon in many Western countries as governments seek to manage burgeoning prison populations within the constraints of a neo-liberal political agenda. But how is public well being served when prisons are run for profit?

Bringing together a group of the most accomplished writers and activists on human rights and prison priva-tization, Capitalist Punishment: Prison Privatization & Human Rights discusses privatization within its historical and ideological context, and in relation to international standard minimum rules developed by the United Nations in relation to prison management. Capitalist Punishment examines the adverse effects of private prisons on inmates related to physical and sexual abuse, health care, education, training, and rehabilitation, as corporations seek to maximize profits. It describes the impact on prison staff, from whose salaries corporate profits are wrung, of further cost cutting in the design of facilities and allocation of personnel. Special attention is paid to the effect on vulnerable groups such as women, children, and dispro-portionately incarcerated minority and indigenous communities.

Even as serious questions emerge in the West as to whether privatized prisons offer a more effective and efficient prison system for either inmates or the public at large, the trend to privatization is spreading. Revealing important links between neo-liberal policies locally and their global effects, Capitalist Punishment offers a disturbing glimpse into the transnational spread of privatized incarceration, as developing nations bound by IMFrestrictions are forced into the hands of transnational corporations to the detriment of local incarceration alternatives.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780932863355
Publisher:
Clarity Press, Inc.
Publication date:
07/22/2008
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
236
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.50(d)
Lexile:
1660L (what's this?)

Table of Contents

Foreword7
Introduction9
Ch. 1The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex in the United States16
Ch. 2Privatized Problems: For-Profit Incarceration in Trouble30
Ch. 3The Problem of Prison Privatization: The US Experience39
Ch. 4Juvenile Crime Pays - But at What Cost?48
Ch. 5Lack of Correctional Services56
Ch. 6Private Prisons and Health Care: The HMO From Hell67
Ch. 7International Law and the Privatization of Juvenile Justice75
Ch. 8Prison Privatization: The Arrested Development of African Americans87
Ch. 9Prison Privatization and Women102
Ch. 10Incarceration of Native Americans and Private Prisons114
Ch. 11The Use of Privatized Detention Centers for Asylum Seekers in Australia and the UK127
Ch. 12Worker Rights in Private Prisons140
Ch. 13"Get Tough" Efficiency: Human Rights, Correctional Restructuring and Prison Privatization in Ontario, Canada152
Ch. 14Prison Privatization in the United Kingdom162
Ch. 15Prison Privatization Developments in South Africa179
Ch. 16Private Prisons: Emerging and Transformative Economies189
Ch. 17Women Prisoners as Customers: Counting the Costs of the Privately Managed Metropolitan Women's Correctional Center: Australia202
Conclusion211
Notes on Contributors219
H.R.I. (Human Internet) Mission Statement223
Bibliography224
Index232

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