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By Keramet Reiter

This ground-breaking assortment examines the erosion of the felony limitations regularly dividing civil detention from legal punishment. The individuals empirically show how the mentally unwell, non-citizen immigrants, and enemy opponents are handled like criminals in Canada, the uk and the USA.

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A ‘lifer’ in the US corrections system 20 Extreme Punishment who committed suicide after nearly 28 years inside, after being denied a parole hearing, Hassine was an educated, scholarly man. … Prison designers and managers have developed a precise and universal alphabet of fear that is carefully assembled and arranged—bricks, steel, uniforms, colors, odors, shapes, and management style—to effectively control the conduct of whole prison populations (Hassine 2011, p. 7). , the belief that prisoners risked becoming ‘worse’ if allowed contact with other offenders), to the 1950s when the rehabilitation model paved the way for a raft of psychology programs aimed at treating the offender, commentators have noted the link between physical environments and operational regimes.

Except there is nothing ‘playful’ or vivid about it. It feels completely unreal. Artificial and sterile…numbing in its blandness. No landscaping or trees so no birds or wildlife. No litter, no people visible. Really odd. Sensory deprivation made to seem acceptable (Author, field note, 24th May 2013). It might be surprising to some that levels of assault, suicide, and mental illness are rising in the very prisons characterized by the press as ‘holiday camps’. Yet the kind of ‘privileges’ that give rise to such newspaper reports mask the harms that these ‘warehouses in disguise’ may inflict.

Forthcoming). For example, a new state prison on the island of Falster in Denmark is to be built by C. F. Møller. They say: Fear Suffused Hell-holes: The Architecture of Extreme Punishment 27 We have deliberately created a very varied and stimulating environment of different spaces and landscape features—hopefully this will contribute to the re-socialization of the individual and to create renewed confidence in the community and mutual respect for society as a whole (Warmann 2010). Another Danish architectural company, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, has won the competition to design Greenland’s first closed prison, which aims to be the ‘world’s most scenic prison’.

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