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Prisiones e Internados: Una Comparación de los Establecimientos Penales en América del Norte y América Latina (Prisons and Internment: A Comparison of Penal Facilities in North America and Latin America)

Birkbeck, CH 2010, 'Prisiones e Internados: Una Comparación de los Establecimientos Penales en América del Norte y América Latina (Prisons and Internment: A Comparison of Penal Facilities in North America and Latin America)' , Caderno CRH, 23 (58) , pp. 129-149.

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Abstract

The recent use of expressions such as “warehouse prison” in the U.S. and “concentration camp” in Latin America would seem to indicate that conditions of deprivation of freedom in both regions look more and more alike. The analysis presented here suggests that it is not so. Penal institutions in North and South America throughout six interrelated dimensions are compared: internal organization of the places, surveillance, isolation, supervision, administrative control and formalization of procedures. In North America, control is deep (persistent, intrusive and almost permanent); in Latin America, control is shallow (sporadic, indifferent and superficial). If in North America one speaks of prisons and incarceration, in Latin America it seems better to speak of judicial inmates and internment.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: prison, internment, North America, Latin America
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Research
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences
Colleges and Schools > College of Arts & Social Sciences > School of Humanities, Languages & Social Sciences
Journal or Publication Title: Caderno CRH
Publisher: Universidad Federal de Bahía
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 0103-4979
Depositing User: CH Birkbeck
Date Deposited: 02 Nov 2010 11:50
Last Modified: 07 Nov 2014 14:12
URI: http://usir.eprints.org/id/eprint/11417

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