From Prison to Detention: The Carceral Trajectories of Foreign-National Prisoners in the United Kingdom

Punishment & Society, 19 (2): 135-154 (First published online July 2016) DOI: 10.1177/1462474516660695

Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper No. 3051675

28 Pages Posted: 12 Oct 2017

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Sarah Turnbull

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies

Ines Hasselberg

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies

Date Written: 2016

Abstract

The United Kingdom (UK) has taken an increasingly punitive stance towards ‘foreign criminals’ using law and policy to pave the way for their expulsion from the country. Imprisonment, then, becomes the first stage in a complex process intertwining identity, belonging and punishment. We draw here on research data from two projects to understand the carceral trajectories of foreign-national offenders in the UK. We consider the lived experiences of male foreign-nationals in two sites: prison and immigration detention. The narratives presented show how imprisonment and detention coalesce within the deportation regime as a ‘double punishment’, one that is highly racialised and gendered. We argue that the UK’s increasingly punitive response to foreign-national offenders challenges the traditional purposes of punishment by sidestepping prisoners’ rehabilitative efforts and denying ‘second chances’ while enacting permanent exclusion through bans on re-entry.

Keywords: Prison, immigration detention, punishment, rehabilitation, reintegration, foreign-national prisoners, citizenship, United Kingdom

Suggested Citation

Turnbull, Sarah and Hasselberg, Ines, From Prison to Detention: The Carceral Trajectories of Foreign-National Prisoners in the United Kingdom (2016). Punishment & Society, 19 (2): 135-154 (First published online July 2016) DOI: 10.1177/1462474516660695; Criminal Justice, Borders and Citizenship Research Paper No. 3051675. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3051675

Sarah Turnbull (Contact Author)

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Ines Hasselberg

University of Oxford - Border Criminologies ( email )

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Oxford, OX1 3UQ
United Kingdom

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