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The globalization of supermax prisons

Author: Jeffrey Ian Ross
Publisher: New Brunswick, N.J. ; London : Rutgers University Press, ©2013.
Series: Critical issues in crime and society.
Edition/Format:   Book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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""Supermax" prisons, conceived by the United States in the early 1980s, are typically reserved for convicted political criminals such as terrorists and spies and for other inmates who are considered to pose a serious ongoing threat to the wider community, to the security of correctional institutions, or to the safety of other inmates. Prisoners are usually restricted to their cells for up to twenty-three hours a day  Read more...
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Additional Physical Format: Online version:
Globalization of supermax prisons.
New Brunswick, N.J. : Rutgers University Press, ©2013
(OCoLC)826685286
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Jeffrey Ian Ross
ISBN: 9780813557410 0813557410 9780813557403 0813557402
OCLC Number: 784708328
Description: xvi, 220 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: The globalization of supermax prisons: an introduction / Jeffrey Ian Ross --
The invention of the American supermax prison / Jeffrey Ian Ross --
How Canada built its supermax prison / Jeffrey Ian Ross --
Supermaxes south of the border / Patrick O'Day and Thomas O'Connor --
The growth of the supermax option in Britain / Angela West Crews --
Analyzing the supermax prisons in the Netherlands: the Dutch supermax / Sandra L. Resodihardjo --
Supermaximum prisons in South Africa / Fran Buntman and Lukas Muntingh --
From "secondary punishment" to "supermax": the human costs of high-security regimes in Australia / David Brown and Bree Carlton --
The emergence of the supermax in New Zealand / Greg Newbold --
The rise of the supermax in Brazil / José de Jesus Filho --
Guantánamo: America's foreign supermax in the fight against terrorism / Jeffrey Ian Ross and Dawn L. Rothe --
A globalized militarized prison juggernaut: the case of Abu Ghraib / Dawn L. Rothe --
Conclusion: globalization, innovation, or neither? / Jeffrey Ian Ross.
Series Title: Critical issues in crime and society.
Responsibility: edited by Jeffrey Ian Ross ; foreword by Loïc Wacquant.

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""Supermax" prisons, conceived by the United States in the early 1980s, are typically reserved for convicted political criminals such as terrorists and spies and for other inmates who are considered to pose a serious ongoing threat to the wider community, to the security of correctional institutions, or to the safety of other inmates. Prisoners are usually restricted to their cells for up to twenty-three hours a day and typically have minimal contact with other inmates and correctional staff. Not only does the Federal Bureau of Prisons operate one of these facilities, but almost every state has either a supermax wing or stand-alone supermax prison. The Globalization of Supermax Prisons examines why nine advanced industrialized countries have adopted the supermax prototype, paying particular attention to the economic, social, and political processes that have affected each state. Featuring essays that look at the U.S.-run prisons of Abu Ghraib and Guantánamo, this collection seeks to determine if the American model is the basis for the establishment of these facilities and considers such issues as the support or opposition to the building of a supermax and why opposition efforts failed; the allegation of human rights abuses within these prisons; and the extent to which the decision to build a supermax was influenced by developments in the United States. Additionally, contributors address such domestic matters as the role of crime rates, media sensationalism, and terrorism in each country's decision to build a supermax prison."--Publisher's website.

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