This volume considers the ethics of policing and imprisonment, focusing particularly on mass incarceration and police shootings in the United States. The contributors consider the ways in which non-ideal features of the criminal justice systemfeatures such as the prevalence of guns in America, political pressures, considerations of race and gender, and the lived experiences of people in jails and prisonsimpinge upon conclusions drawn from more idealized models of punishment and law enforcement. There are a number of common themes running throughout the chapters. One is the contrast between idealism and realism about justice. Another is the attention to harmful consequences, not only of prisons themselves, but to the events that often precede incarceration, including encounters with police and pre-trial detention. A third theme is the legacy of racism in the United States and the role that the criminal justice system plays in perpetuating racial oppression.
About the Author
Molly Gardner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, USA.
Michael Weber is Professor of Philosophy and the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Bowling Green State University, USA.
Table of Contents
1. Punishment and Democratic Rights: A Case-Study in Non-Ideal Penal Theory; Steven Swartzer.- 2. Philosophers in Prison: Students in the Indiana Women’s Prison College Program Reflect on Philosophical Theories of Punishment; Mariam Kazanjian.- 3. How Many Police Shootings are Tragic Mistakes? How Many Can We Tolerate?; Christian Coons.- 4. The Ethics of Policing: A Feminist Proposal; Julinna Oxley.- 5. Policing and Racial Discrimination: Throwing Out the Baby with the Bath Water; Douglas Husak.- 6. The Case Against Jails; Richard Lippke.- 7. Restorative Justice and Punitive Restoration; Thom Brooksl.- 8. The Racial Politics of U.S. Gun Policy; Amanda Gailey.- 9. Destabilizing Conceptions of Violence; Lori Gruen, Clyde Meikle, and Andre Pierce.- 10. Criminal Process and Mutual Accountability: Mass Incarceration, Carcerality, and Abolition; Stephen Darwall and William Darwall.- Index