publication . Other literature type . Article . 2011

Exclusion and Control in the Carceral State

Dolovich, Sharon;
  • Published: 01 Oct 2011
  • Publisher: Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law
  • Country: Mexico
Theorists of punishment typically construe the criminal justice system as the means to achieve retribution or to deter or otherwise prevent crime. But a close look at the way the American penal system actually operates makes clear the poor fit between these more conventional explanations and the realities of American penal practice. Taking actual practice as its starting point, this essay argues instead that the animating mission of the American carceral project is the exclusion and control of those people officially labeled as criminals. It maps the contours of exclusion and control, exploring how this institution operates, the ideological discourse that justif...
free text keywords: Law, criminal justice system, exclusion and control, incarceration
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