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Prison abolition in the UK: They dare not speak its name?

Prison abolition in the UK: They dare not speak its name?

Ryan, Mick and Ward, Tony (2015) Prison abolition in the UK: They dare not speak its name? Social Justice, 41 (3). pp. 107-119. ISSN 1043-1578

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Abstract

This article discusses the history, achievements, and prospects of the movement for prison or penal abolition in the United Kingdom, and in particular the ideas promoted by RAP (Radical Alternatives to Prison) in the 1970s and 1980s. The authors argue that while RAP patently did not succeed in abolishing prisons, it did contribute to significant changes in the debate over crime and punishment. Moreover, abolitionism (or perhaps more accurately, neo-abolitionism) remains highly relevant to practice (including that of restorative justice) and as a critical theory of criminal justice.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This paper was included in the special section on PENAL ABOLITION AND PRISON REFORM.
Uncontrolled Keywords: prison abolition, UK
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HM Sociology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities
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Last Modified: 14 Oct 2016 09:32
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Selected for GREAT 2018: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/13228

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