Saturday, October 6, 2012

The Punitive Imagination

America inhabits only 5% of the world's population yet it devastatingly houses 25% of the world's prisoners.
Something is terribly wrong with this picture....
 The Punitive Imagination....
What assumptions about persons and social institutions provide the basis for American punitiveness? How does punishment depend on, and influence, prevailing views of free will, responsibility, desert, blameworthiness?
How/can we challenge our cultural views of punishment to alleviate modes of criminalization?
Food for thought...

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