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NCJ Number: 193216 Find in a Library
Title: Penalisation of Poverty and the Rise of Neo-Liberalism
Journal: European Journal on Criminal Policy and Research  Volume:9  Issue:4  Dated:Winter 2001  Pages:401-412
Author(s): Loic Wacquant
Date Published: 2001
Page Count: 12
Type: Legislation/Policy Analysis
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: Netherlands
Annotation: This article extends the author’s analysis in the book titled Prisons of Poverty, which argues that inmate population increases in the United States and Europe result from policies that disproportionately affect people in poverty.
Abstract: The book argues that advanced societies are increasingly using the correctional system as an instrument for managing social insecurity and containing the social disorders created at the bottom of the class structure by neo-liberal policies of economic deregulation and retrenchment in social welfare policies and services. This neo-liberal penalty began in the United States and then diffused throughout the world. However, European countries are not blindly following the policies of the United States. Instead, Europe’s is intensifying both social and penal approaches to poverty and activating the policing functions of welfare services. The analysis concludes that developing a common European approach is essential to prevent the spread of the penalization of poverty and its harmful social consequences and that this approach should include discourse, judicial policies and practices, and collaborations between activists and researchers on the social and penal fronts. Footnotes and 22 references
Main Term(s): Criminology
Index Term(s): Class discrimination; Corrections policies; Crime control policies; Economic influences; Europe; Foreign crime prevention; Foreign criminal justice systems; Poverty and crime; United States of America; US/foreign comparisons
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