Incarceration and human rights

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures

Edited by Melissa Mccarthy

Incarceration and human rights


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Book Information

  • Format: eBook
  • ISBN: 978-1-8477-9500-7
  • Publisher: Manchester University Press
  • Published Date: January 2013
  • BIC Category: Society & social sciences / Human rights, Penology & Punishment, POLITICAL SCIENCE / Human Rights, SOCIAL SCIENCE / Penology, Human rights, civil rights, Politics
  • Series: Oxford Amnesty Lectures


A collection of essays and responses from diverse contributors united in original examination of the intersection between incarceration and human rights. What do human rights concerns dictate about the practices that we tolerate in places of incarceration? And conversely, what can prisons, their hard facts and the ideas underpinning them, tell us about human rights?

The book offers a diversity of voices: from the inside view of Her Majesty's Inspector of Prisons to the words of a poet and former political prisoner; from an international policy overview of abuses of the mentally ill to a socio-economic reading of race and class in prisons. This range of approaches offers a uniquely rounded view of the topic, while each contributor's eminence in their field gives great depth of expertise.


Part I: behind bars
1. Prisons inspection and the protection of human rights - Anne Owers
1a. Inspecting the tail of the dog - Liora Lazarus
2. Asylum and incarceration - Shami Chakrabarti
2a. Curtailing freedoms, diminishing rights in Britain's asylum policy: a narrative of 'them and 'us' - Roger Zetter
3. 'Old' and 'new' institutions for persons with mental illness: treatment, punishment or preventive confinement? - Lawrence O. Gostin
3a. Mental illness, preventive detention, prison and human rights - Stephen Shute
Part II: beyond the prison
4. The use and abuse of prison in the age of social insecurity - Loïc Wacquant
4a. Journeying into, and away from, neoliberal penality - Ian Loader
5. Ten reasons for not building more prisons - Thomas Mathiesen
5a. Comments on Mathiesen's 'Ten reasons' - David Downes
6. Creative incarceration and strategies for surviving freedom - Jack Mapanje
6a. 'With no amulet to protect him': a South African response to Jack Mapanje - Jonny Steinberg


Melissa McCarthy is a freelance writer and editor

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