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Imprisonment and internment: Comparing penal facilities North and South

Birkbeck, CH 2011, 'Imprisonment and internment: Comparing penal facilities North and South' , Punishment and Society, 13 (3) , pp. 307-332.

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    Recent references to the ‘warehouse prison’ in the United States and the prisión-depósito in Latin America seem to indicate that penal confinement in the western hemisphere has converged on a similar model. However, this article suggests otherwise. It contrasts penal facilities in North America and Latin America in terms of six interrelated aspects: regimentation; surveillance; isolation; supervision; accountability; and formalization. Quantitatively, control in North American penal facilities is assiduous (unceasing, persistent and intrusive), while in Latin America it is perfunctory (sporadic, indifferent and cursory). Qualitatively, North American penal facilities produce imprisonment (which enacts penal intervention through confinement), while in Latin America they produce internment (which enacts penal intervention through release). Closely entwined with this qualitative difference are distinct practices of judicial involvement in sentencing and penal supervision. Those practices, and the cultural and political factors that underpin them, represent an interesting starting point for the explanation of the contrasting nature of imprisonment and internment.

    Item Type: Article
    Uncontrolled Keywords: imprisonment, internment, Latin America, North America, penal facilities
    Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
    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 Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences
    Journal or Publication Title: Punishment and Society
    Publisher: Sage
    Refereed: Yes
    ISSN: 1462-4745
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    Funders: University of Florida
    Depositing User: CH Birkbeck
    Date Deposited: 12 Jul 2011 15:40
    Last Modified: 03 Jun 2014 09:01
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