Foreigners in a Carceral Age: Immigration and Imprisonment in the US

27 Pages Posted: 27 May 2011

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Mary Bosworth

University of Oxford - Faculty of Law; University of Oxford - Border Criminologies

Emma Kaufman

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology

Date Written: May 2011

Abstract

More than a decade ago, Jonathan Simon warned of an expanding interest in locking up refugees. According to Simon, asylum seekers were to provide a new population for mass incarceration. The border was to become the new criminal justice frontier. In 2010, Simon‘s view appears to have been borne out, though perhaps not entirely as he predicted. While the imprisonment of immigrants has indeed boomed in recent years, it is not refugees but a rather more varied population of non-citizens — undocumented workers, "criminal aliens," and, "enemy combatants," which has filled American penal institutions. This article considers these foreigners behind bars.

Keywords: immigration, imprisonment, detention, borders

Suggested Citation

Bosworth, Mary and Kaufman, Emma, Foreigners in a Carceral Age: Immigration and Imprisonment in the US (May 2011). Stanford Law & Policy Review, Vol. 22, No. 1, 2011, Oxford Legal Studies Research Paper No. 34/2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1852196

Mary Bosworth (Contact Author)

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Emma Kaufman

University of Oxford - Centre for Criminology ( email )

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Oxford
United Kingdom

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