Despite progressive international developments in the legalisation of prisoners’ rights and an abundance of literature on the destructive effects of imprisonment on inmates, with a few exceptions, the popularity of the prison as a sanction is unwavering globally. The contributors to this volume highlight the immanence of the pains of imprisonment, documenting their evolution as well as their differing expressions and manifestations with regard to a diversity of prisoner groups and national prison systems, and explore ways of humanising the prison experience and normalising prison life. The common thread running through each individual contribution is the vision of the prison as a place of empowerment as opposed to a place of emasculation in which imprisonment is used sparingly, is administered with fairness and humanity, and champions prisoners’ reentry into society.
The Prison at the Crossroads
Edited by Anastasia Karamalidou and Alison Spurgeon-Dickson
Format: eBook (PDF)
This volume takes an interdisciplinary approach to pains of imprisonment, documenting the evolution and expressions of the prison experience and prison life. From empowerment of the prisoner to re-entry into society, these authors present materials from the perspectives of academics, professionals and prisoners.
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Anastasia Karamalidou and Alison Spurgeon-Dickson
Part I The Immanence of Prison Pains
An Indian Novel and a Czech Diary: Stories of Domination, Resistance, Imprisonment and…
Justice Denied: Care of Childbearing Women in the Criminal Justice System
Why Do You Lock Me up since You Think that I Will never Be Good to Come Out? Better Kill Me; It Is Cheaper!
Rights and Living Conditions of Pre-Trial Detainees in the People’s Republic of China
Part II Humanising Prison Life
Doing Time in a Prison Education Department: Prisoners’ Perspectives
Be(Com)ing Human in a Hostile World: Foundations of a Literary Experience for Prisoners
Phyllis G. Hastings
Challenges and Opportunities for Outside Innovation in the Prison Experience