A collection of writings by Dr David Scott which build on his work teaching criminology for over 20 years. Against Imprisonment includes topics such as `The Changing Face of the Prison', justifications of punishment, prison violence and the shortcomings of prisons and the mega-prisons. Very much against the current political obsession with increasing incarceration, this book is a wake-up call for all those who feel the use of imprisonment is failing to achieve a reduction in crime. Provides a compelling analysis of the failings of imprisonment. Sheds new light on this pressing topic. Explains why prisons do not work for most offenders.
Dr David Scott works at the Open University where his research interests include the ethical and political foundations of penal abolitionism, human rights and social justice and critical approaches to poverty, prisons and punishment. He is a former editor of the Howard Journal of Crime and Justice and the co-founding editor of the European Group Journal Justice, Power and Resistance. He also worked at Edge Hill University, the University of Northumbria at Newcastle, the University of Central Lancashire and Liverpool John Moores University.
Foreword: Emma Bell; Preface; Chapter 1: Against Imprisonment; Chapter 2: Walking Among the Graves of the Living; Chapter 3: Escaping the Logic of "Crime"; Chapter 4: Justifications of Punishment and Questions of Penal Legitimacy; Chapter 5: The Changing Face of the Prison; Chapter 6: Problematising "Common Sense" Understandings of Prison Violence; Chapter 7: Contesting the Spirit of Death; Chapter 8: Saying NO to the Mega Prison; Chapter 9: Unequalled in Pain; Bibliography; Index