Imprisoning Rationalities

Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2011

UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2011-13

28 Pages Posted: 23 Jan 2011

See all articles by Eileen Baldry

Eileen Baldry

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences

David Bentley Brown

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Mark Brown

University of Melbourne

Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney; University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences; James Cook University - Cairns Campus

Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Alex Steel

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law

Date Written: January 19, 2011

Abstract

Imprisonment is a growth industry in Australia. Over the past 30-40 years all state and territory jurisdictions have registered massive rises in both the absolute numbers of those imprisoned and the per capita use of imprisonment as a tool of punishment and control. Yet over this period there has been surprisingly little criminological attention to the national picture of imprisonment in Australia and to understanding jurisdictional variation, change and continuity in broader theoretical terms. This article reports initial findings from the Australian Prisons Project, a multi-investigator Australian Research Council funded project intended to trace penal developments in Australia since about 1970. The article begins by outlining the notion of penal culture that provides the analytic lens for the project. It outlines various intersecting areas of study being undertaken before focusing on just three features of the contemporary penal field – restrictions upon presumptions of bail, the rise of post-sentence indefinite detention and the role of supermax confinement. Each in their own way exemplifies an aspect of and contributes to what we conclude to be the revalorisation of the prison in Australian culture and society.

Keywords: Imprisonment, Australia

Suggested Citation

Baldry, Eileen and Brown, David Bentley and Brown, Mark and Cunneen, Chris and Schwartz, Melanie and Steel, Alex, Imprisoning Rationalities (January 19, 2011). Australian and New Zealand Journal of Criminology, Vol. 44, No. 1, 2011; UNSW Law Research Paper No. 2011-13. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1744448

Eileen Baldry (Contact Author)

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences ( email )

Sydney
Australia

David Bentley Brown

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia
+61 2 9385 2262 (Phone)
+61 2 9385 1175 (Fax)

Mark Brown

University of Melbourne ( email )

185 Pelham Street
Carlton, Victoria 3053
Australia

Chris Cunneen

Jumbunna Institute for Indigenous Education and Research,University of Technology Sydney ( email )

15 Broadway, Ultimo
PO Box 123
Sydney, NSW 2007
Australia

University of New South Wales, School of Social Sciences ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

James Cook University - Cairns Campus ( email )

PO Box 6811
Cairns, Queensland 4870
Australia

Melanie Schwartz

University of New South Wales (UNSW) ( email )

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Alex Steel

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

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