The Ethics of Total Confinement

The Ethics of Total Confinement : A Critique of Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice

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In three parts, this volume in the AP-LS series explores the phenomena of captivity and risk management, guided and informed by the theory, method, and policy of psychological jurisprudence. The authors present a controversial thesis that demonstrates how the forces of captivity and risk management are sustained by several interdependent "conditions of control." These conditions impose barriers to justice and set limits on citizenship for one and all. Situated at the nexus of political/social theory, mental health law and jurisprudential ethics, the book examines and critiques constructs such as offenders and victims; self and society; therapeutic and restorative; health; harm; and community. So, too, are three "total confinement" case law data sets on which this analysis is based. The volume stands alone in its efforts to systematically "diagnose" the moral reasoning lodged within prevailing judicial opinions that sustain captivity and risk management practices impacting: (1) the rights of juveniles found competent to stand criminal trial, the mentally ill placed in long-term disciplinary isolation, and sex offenders subjected to civil detention and community re-entry monitoring; (2) the often unmet needs of victims; and (3) the demands of an ordered society. Carefully balancing sophisticated insights with concrete and cutting-edge applications, the book concludes with a series of provocative, yet practical, recommendations for future research and meaningful reform within institutional practice, programming, and policy. The Ethics of Total Confinement is a thought-provoking and timely must-read for anyone interested in the ethical and legal issues regarding madness, citizenship, and social justice.show more

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  • Hardback | 320 pages
  • 162.56 x 236.22 x 27.94mm | 566.99g
  • Oxford University Press Inc
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • 0195372212
  • 9780195372212
  • 1,989,466

About Bruce A. Arrigo

Bruce A. Arrigo, Ph.D. is Professor of Criminology, Law, & Society, Department of Criminal Justice & Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Heather Y. Bersot, M.S., earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Brian G. Sellers, M.S., is an instructor and doctoral student in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida.show more

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"This is an important topic and this well-written book, replete with case law, thoroughly fulfills its purpose, making readers really think about issues for which there are no easy answers." -- Doody's "In sum, this important book accomplishes two distinct goals-- a close reading of case law addressing confinement choices for three groups of offenders and a large-scale societal critique." -- Susan Goldberg, PhD, Duquesne University, PsycCRITIQUESshow more

Table of contents

Series Foreword ; Preface ; Acknowledgements ; Introduction: On Madness, Citizenship, and Social Justice ; Chapter 1: The Ethics of Psychological Jurisprudence ; Chapter 2: Juvenile Transfer, Developmental Maturity, and Competency to Stand Trial ; Chapter 3: Inmate Mental Health, Solitary Confinement, and Cruel and Unusual Punishment ; Chapter 4: Sexually Violent Predators, Criminal and Civil Confinement, and Community Reentry ; Chapter 5: Rethinking Total Confinement: Translating Social Theory into Justice Policy ; Conclusion: Total Confinement, Psychological Jurisprudence, and Transformative Habits of Character: "Almost a Revolution" ; Appendices ; Notes ; References ; Indexshow more

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