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This introduction presents an overview of key concepts discussed in this book. The book describes the contributions of twelve thoughtful experts, whose words are informed by personal experience in prisons, by professional engagement with policy and practice, and by academic knowledge of law, history, sociology, criminology and literature. Oxford Amnesty Lectures (OAL) has as it's first raison d'etre the raising of funds for Amnesty International. It does so through an annual series of lectures which consider human rights in light of a particular theme. In 2007 the theme was incarceration, an apposite topic when one remembers Amnesty International's founding narrative, that of Peter Benenson reading about two Portuguese students being imprisoned. Prisons are places where, with the fundamental right of liberty suspended, human rights can be observed or ignored, promoted or disregarded. The contributors show how to judge, and improve, prison through the prism of rights.

Incarceration and human rights

The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2007

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