Foreign National Prisoners in the UK: Explanations and Implications

The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50, 2: 184-198, 2011

15 Pages Posted: 20 Aug 2012

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James Banks

Sheffield Hallam University

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

This article examines the rapid expansion of the foreign national prison population in the UK against a backdrop of public and political anxiety about immigration and crime. It explores official data considering some of the possible explanations for the growth in the number of foreign national prisoners and the implications this has for penal management. Whilst increases in both the number of foreign nationals entering the UK and the number of foreign nationals in UK prisons has strengthened the association between immigration and crime in the public imagination, there is little empirical evidence to suggest that foreign nationals are more dangerous than British nationals. Instead, the growth of the foreign national prison population appears to stem from a number of sources that may operate alone or in tandem.

Keywords: foreign national prisoners, British national prisoners, immigration, crime

Suggested Citation

Banks, James, Foreign National Prisoners in the UK: Explanations and Implications (2011). The Howard Journal of Criminal Justice, 50, 2: 184-198, 2011, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2132177

James Banks (Contact Author)

Sheffield Hallam University ( email )

United Kingdom

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