Prisoner enfranchisement remains one of the few contested electoral issues in twenty first century democracies. It is at the intersection of punishment and representative government. This book is the first comprehensive study of prisoners and the franchise in any jurisdiction. In a democratic polity, the deliberate denial of the right to vote to any section of the population has very serious implications, both symbolic, in terms of devaluing citizenship, and practical, in terms of affecting electoral outcomes. Conversely, the extension of the franchise is similarly emblematic of a political system’s priorities and emphases. The debate about prisoner enfranchisement is significant because it gives us some insights into the objectives of imprisonment, society’s conflicted attitude towards prisoners, the nature of democracy and the concept of citizenship. This book begins by considering the case for and against prisoner enfranchisement and then goes on to examine the jurisprudence in various jurisdictions where it has been a matter of legal and political controversy. Using the Republic of Ireland as a case study, this book analyses the experience of prisoner enfranchisement and locates it in an international context. It argues that the legal position concerning the voting rights of the imprisoned reveals wider historical, political and social influences in the treatment of those confined in penal institutions.
Rossi, Eugenio Colorni, and Ursula Hirschmann –conceived, drafted,
and published this vision of European federalism, between 1941 and 1943, while
confined to Ventotene. Like several of the other political colonies, the island’s
penalhistory harked back to Imperial Rome.
Numerous emperors had favoured Ventotene as a site for banishing uncomfortable women: Augustus, invoking the Lex Iulia de Adulteriis Coercendis, exiled
his only child, Julia the Elder; Tiberius exiled Julia’s daughter, Agrippina the
Elder; Caligula exiled his sisters Julia Livilla and Agrippina the
PenalHistory of Singapore’s
Plural Society (Honolulu, 2009).
24 Anderson, Subaltern Lives, ch. 3.
25 Ann Laura Stoler and Carole McGranahan, ‘Refiguring imperial terrains’, Ab Imperio,
2 (2006), 17–56.
26 Anderson, Subaltern Lives, ch. 2. Note also that the officer commissioned to investigate
the efficacy of transportation to New South Wales in 1822, Commissioner John Bigge
(1780–1843), had previously served as a judge in the slave island of Trinidad; http://
adb.anu.edu.au/biography/bigge-john-thomas-1779, accessed 10 September 2012.
27 Clare Anderson, ‘The
exceptionally harsh as he was trying to establish a crime that had
little precedence in colonial penalhistory. However, similar
coercive measures were employed by officials as late as two decades
later. In the year 1874 Campbell’s role as the leading
investigator in the entire cattle-poisoning drama was assumed by H.
D. Spedding, the Joint Magistrate of Gorukhpur. Spedding adopted a
the circumstances of the individual’s life rather than any act he or she committed. Such biographical information is important not only for the construction
of the identity of the delinquent individual but also for the mode of reformative treatment he or she is to undergo. The construction of the delinquent
Wild Arabs and savages
identity is, for Foucault, an important development in penalhistory as it
opens up a ‘criminological labyrinth’ within which we can speculate about the
motivation of offenders:
Behind the offender, to whom the
History and heritage in late nineteenth-century Canada and Australia
region’s penalhistory, despite its geographical focus on
Hobart and the surrounding districts, while the 1904 Just the
Thing guide simply describes Port Arthur as ‘the popular
tourist resort of Port Arthur’. 154 More space was devoted to Port Arthur in the
pictorial Beautiful Tasmania (1912), although the book’s
introductory ‘history’ managed to avoid all mention of
convicts. Following the TTA