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Publication date: 9 December 2003

Christopher Sturr

How can philosophers contribute to the resolution of the current prison crisis in the United States, and what sorts of philosophical work should activists make use of in…

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How can philosophers contribute to the resolution of the current prison crisis in the United States, and what sorts of philosophical work should activists make use of in their efforts to address that crisis? This paper examines two periods of prison reform in the 20th century, to indicate the problematic role that traditional theories of the moral justification of punishment have had in the history of reform effects have played. I argue that moral theories of punishment are not the best vehicle for addressing the prison crisis; the approaches suggested by critical social theory are more promising.

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Punishment, Politics and Culture
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ISBN: 978-0-76231-072-2

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Punishment, Politics and Culture
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Punishment, Politics and Culture
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ISBN: 978-0-76231-072-2

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