Imprisoning rationalities

Baldry, Eileen, Brown, David, Brown, Mark, Cunneen, Chris, Schwartz, Melanie, & Steel, Alex (2011) Imprisoning rationalities. Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, 44(1), pp. 24-40.

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Imprisonment is a growth industry in Australia. Over the past 30–40 years all state and territory jurisdictions have registered massive rises in both the absolute numbers of those imprisoned and the per capita use of imprisonment as a tool of punishment and control. Yet over this period there has been surprisingly little criminological attention to the national picture of imprisonment in Australia and to understanding jurisdictional variation, change and continuity in broader theoretical terms. This article reports initial findings from the Australian Prisons Project, a multi-investigator Australian Research Council funded project intended to trace penal developments in Australia since about 1970. The article begins by outlining the notion of penal culture that provides the analytic lens for the project. It outlines various intersecting areas of study being undertaken before focusing on just three features of the contemporary penal field – restrictions upon presumptions of bail, the rise of post-sentence indefinite detention and the role of supermax confinement. Each in their own way exemplifies an aspect of and contributes to what we conclude to be the revalorization of the prison in Australian culture and society.

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ID Code: 67863
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Australian prisons, imprisonment rates, penal culture, risk, sentencing
DOI: 10.1177/0004865810393112
ISSN: 1837-9273
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > LAW AND LEGAL STUDIES (180000) > LAW (180100)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Law
Current > Schools > School of Justice
Copyright Owner: The Author(s) 2011
Deposited On: 26 Feb 2014 05:49
Last Modified: 15 May 2014 04:23

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