Can Prisons Work?: The Prisoner as Object and Subject in by Stephen Ralph Duguid

By Stephen Ralph Duguid

Can contributors be reformed or rehabilitated within the criminal? A continual physique of labor exhibits that rehabilitation and/or reformation via incarceration is illusory. Exceptions, in line with this view, are the results of coincidence, no longer layout. for plenty of practitioners in corrections structures, the incarceration of criminals is a .fact. and the duty of prisons is to isolate, deter, and punish and basically then, maybe reform the legal. In .Can felony Work?. Stephen Duguid contends that either critics and defenders of incarceration have erred in making the prisoner the item instead of the topic in their discourse; the critics see prisoners as sufferers of a significant establishment and the defenders view them as incorrigibles persuaded basically by means of coercion or manipulation.

Duguid starts off by means of reviewing the philosophical and cultural contexts that ended in the belief of .curing. criminals (in addition to deterring crime) via remedy and incarceration, providing diversified old commentaries from Plato and Socrates to former inmates. the 2 dominant techniques to fashionable corrections also are mentioned, the only in response to sociology and the single in line with psychology - the latter being noticeable as liable for the increase within the 20th century of a medicalized method of corrections.

It was once the cave in of this 'medical' version (in the Seventies) that created percentages for cutting edge techniques in penology and 4 of those methods are tested in a few intensity. targeting prisons with widely conceived academic courses geared up through humans from open air the sector of corrections, Duguid describes how courses in Canada, England, Scotland, and the us have been profitable mostly as the dating with prisoner-students used to be outfitted round notions of reciprocity, mutual appreciate, and person improvement. Empirical facts from an in depth follow-up research of the Canadian application is gifted as facts of the aptitude good fortune utilizing a lot of these methods. In every one of those circumstances, notwithstanding, those courses, others like them, have been ultimately terminiated via legal gurus. The ebook concludes with the exploration of the stress among criminal platforms and outsiders engaged with courses inside of prisons. It argues opposed to the re-emergence of a brand new clinical version in favour of extra humane - and human - methods to person switch and reformation.

Winner of the Harold Adams Innis Prize, provided via the Canadian Federation for the arts and Social Sciences

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Not content to merely punish violators of the ever-shifting sexual mores of a culture, the Socratic must know why in order that they may correct. Unlike theft or even violence, sensual predilections lie deep in the being, buried or made invisible by fear and loathing, covered over by carefully and cleverly devised rationalizations, or made too quickly transparent by practised and guilt-driven confessions. In the classic version of the medical model, as operationalized in the period circa 1949-77, these variations of deviance were minimized, all offenders being seen as potential addicts, sex offenders, thieves, and killers.

In the 'sociology of deviance' language that surrounds this issue, a 'deviant' is one who steps or is pushed by circumstances outside the established moral or legal norms of a given society. That move might be seen as intentional as in the case of a political or criminal action freely entered into, it might be seen as reactive as in a The Origins of Curing Crime 27 response to discrimination or economic deprivation, or it might be seen as an action driven at least in part by chemical or biological factors internal to the actor.

43 Behind the offender stands the delinquent, whose slow formation is shown via the creation of a biography - the criminal thus exists before the crime and even outside it. ' For the treatment practitioners it was an elective affinity, a set of links between self and act that were not necessarily freely or consciously chosen, could be identified, diagnosed, prescribed for, and treated. Before moving on to examine the operation of the medical model in some detail, we need to establish more clearly what it looked like in practice.

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