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Lan Loader

9780719079740_C04.qxd 4a 22/2/10 15:10 Page 91 Ian Loader Journeying into, and away from, neoliberal penality1 It is by now well known that the USA has for some years been engaged in an unprecedented experiment in mass incarceration whose numerical scale, and human costs, are of staggering proportions. Lower down the slopes of penal expansion, prison numbers in England and Wales have risen to record levels and both main political parties are busy planning further carceral ‘investment’. In several other European societies – but importantly, as we shall see

in Incarceration and human rights
The Oxford Amnesty Lectures 2007

This book examines the intersection between incarceration and human rights. It is about why independent inspection of places of custody is a necessary part of human rights protection, and how that independence is manifested and preserved in practice. Immigration and asylum policies ask crucial questions about national identity, about human rights, and about our values as compassionate citizens in an era of increasingly complex international challenges. The book deals with the future of prisons and shows how the vulnerable population has been unconscionably treated. To arrive at a proper diagnosis of the expansive use and abuse of the prison in the age of economic deregulation and social insecurity, it is imperative that we effect some analytic breaks with the gamut of established approaches to incarceration. The book explores the new realities of criminal confinement of persons with mental illness. It traces the efforts of New Right think-tanks, police chiefs and other policy entrepreneurs to export neoliberal penality to Europe, with England and Wales acting as an 'acclimatization chamber'. In a series of interventions, of which his Oxford Amnesty Lecture is but one, Loic Wacquant has in recent years developed an incisive and invaluable analysis of the rise and effects of what he calls the penal state.

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Melissa McCarthy

appreciation of the symbolic power that prisons communicate. Looking first at the USA and then at the Western European countries that follow its ‘politics of poverty’, Wacquant describes the penal system and the workfare state (no longer welfare) as intermeshed, both of them working to control and tame populations – women, ethnic minorities, immigrants – that had threatened disruption. Ian Loader responds to Wacquant by seeing whether, despite the grip of neoliberal penality, there might be routes out of this morass. One grappling hook for dealing with the issue, for Loader

in Incarceration and human rights
Loïc Wacquant

blazed by the American leader. In this perspective, the United 9780719079740_C04.qxd 22/2/10 15:10 The use and abuse of the prison Page 81 81 States appears as a sort of historical alembic in which one can observe on a real scale, and anticipate by way of structural transposition, the social, political and cultural consequences of the advent of neoliberal penality in a society submitted to the joint empire of the commodity form and moralising individualism. For the United States has not been content to be the forge and locomotive of the neoliberal project on the

in Incarceration and human rights