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ISBN 9781138047792
Published July 11, 2017 by Routledge
344 Pages 7 B/W Illustrations

 
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One of the most important problems faced by the United States is addressing its broken criminal justice system. This collection of essays offers a thorough examination of incarceration as a form of punishment. In addition to focusing on the philosophical aspects related to punishment, the volume’s diverse group of contributors provides additional background in criminology, economics, law, and sociology to help contextualize the philosophical issues. The first group of essays addresses whether or not our current institutions connected with punishment and incarceration are justified in a liberal society. The next set of chapters explores the negative effects of incarceration as a form of punishment, including its impact on children and families. The volume then describes how we arrived at our current situation in the United States, focusing on questions related to how we view prisons and prisoners, policing for profit, and the motivations of prosecutors in trying to secure convictions. Finally, Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration examines specific policy alternatives that might offer solutions to our current approach to punishment and incarceration.

Table of Contents

Introduction – Why do we punish?



Chris W. Surprenant





Chapter 1 – The Problem of Punishment



John Hasnas





Chapter 2 – Unconscionable Punishment



Michael Huemer





Chapter 3 – The Coproduction of Justice



Nathan Goodman





Chapter 4 – The Certainty of Punishment and the Proportionality of Incarceration



Chris Barker





Chapter 5 – Imprisonment and the Right to Freedom of Movement



Robert Hughes





Chapter 6 – Are there Expressive Restraints on Incarceration?



Bill Wringe





Chapter 7 – Punishment, Restitution, and Incarceration



David Boonin





Chapter 8 – Communicative Theories of Punishment and the Impact of Apology



Eddy Nahmias and Eyal Aharoni





Chapter 9 – A Reparative Approach to Parole-Release Decisions



Kristen Bell





Chapter 10 – Restorative Justice in High Schools: A Roadmap to Transforming Prisons



Johanna Luttrell





Chapter 11 - Reforming Youth Incarceration in the United States



Cara Drinan





Chapter 12 – Policing for "Profit": The Political Economy of Private Prisons and Asset Forfeiture



Abigail R. Hall and Veronica Mercier





Chapter 13 – Why Paternalists and Social Welfarists Should Oppose Criminal Drug Laws



Andrew Cohen and Bill Glod





Chapter 14 – The Need for Prosecutorial Guidelines



John Pfaff





Chapter 15 – Prison Tunnel Vision



Joshua Dohmen





Chapter 16 – Exile as an Alternative to Incarceration



Briana McGinnis





Chapter 17 – Corporal Punishment as an Alternative to Incarceration



Jason Brennan





Chapter 18 – The Potentials and

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Biography

Chris W. Surprenant is Associate Professor in Philosophy and Director of the Alexis de Tocqueville Project in Law, Liberty, and Morality at the University of New Orleans, USA. He is the author of Kant and the Cultivation of Virtue (Routledge 2014), co-editor of Kant and the Scottish Enlightenment (Routledge 2017) and Kant and Education: Interpretations and Commentary (Routledge 2011), and has written numerous articles on various aspects of Kant’s moral and political philosophy.

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