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Rethinking Punishment in the Era of Mass Incarceration

Edited by Chris W. Surprenant

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336 pages | 7 B/W Illus.

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About the Book

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 Limits of De-Incarceration

Daniel D’Amico

About the Editor

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.

About the Series

Routledge Studies in Contemporary Philosophy

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
PHI000000
PHILOSOPHY / General
PHI019000
PHILOSOPHY / Political
POL035000
POLITICAL SCIENCE / Political Freedom & Security / General
SOC004000
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Criminology