Capitalist Punishment / Edition 1

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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: 7/22/2008
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 236
  • Lexile: 1660L (what's this?)
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 7
Introduction 9
Ch. 1 The Rise of the Prison Industrial Complex in the United States 16
Ch. 2 Privatized Problems: For-Profit Incarceration in Trouble 30
Ch. 3 The Problem of Prison Privatization: The US Experience 39
Ch. 4 Juvenile Crime Pays - But at What Cost? 48
Ch. 5 Lack of Correctional Services 56
Ch. 6 Private Prisons and Health Care: The HMO From Hell 67
Ch. 7 International Law and the Privatization of Juvenile Justice 75
Ch. 8 Prison Privatization: The Arrested Development of African Americans 87
Ch. 9 Prison Privatization and Women 102
Ch. 10 Incarceration of Native Americans and Private Prisons 114
Ch. 11 The Use of Privatized Detention Centers for Asylum Seekers in Australia and the UK 127
Ch. 12 Worker Rights in Private Prisons 140
Ch. 13 "Get Tough" Efficiency: Human Rights, Correctional Restructuring and Prison Privatization in Ontario, Canada 152
Ch. 14 Prison Privatization in the United Kingdom 162
Ch. 15 Prison Privatization Developments in South Africa 179
Ch. 16 Private Prisons: Emerging and Transformative Economies 189
Ch. 17 Women Prisoners as Customers: Counting the Costs of the Privately Managed Metropolitan Women's Correctional Center: Australia 202
Conclusion 211
Notes on Contributors 219
H.R.I. (Human Internet) Mission Statement 223
Bibliography 224
Index 232
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