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
Date posted: December 14, 2010