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Hyper-Incarceration and Strategies of Disruption: Is There a Way Out?

Louis Michael Seidman

Georgetown University Law Center

December 13, 2010

Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 10-76

This paper explores exit strategies from our policy of hyper-incarceration. On the theory that the underlying causes of the policy are firmly entrenched, it focuses instead on disrupting the political micro-processes that make the policy seem acceptable. Part One describes these micro-processes. Parts Two through Four outline three forms of politics that might disrupt them: a politics of amelioration, a politics of transformation, and a politics of accommodation. Part V assesses the available choices for what is to be done.

Number of Pages in PDF File: 32

Keywords: incarceration, punishment, criminal law

JEL Classification: K00, K40, K42

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Date posted: December 14, 2010  

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Seidman, Louis Michael, Hyper-Incarceration and Strategies of Disruption: Is There a Way Out? (December 13, 2010). Georgetown Public Law Research Paper No. 10-76. Available at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=1724955

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Georgetown University Law Center ( email )
Washington, DC 20057
United States
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