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Expanding Prison: The Crisis in Crime and Punishment and the Search for Alternatives
by David Cayley
The Expanding Prison is a provocative, cogent argument for prison reform. David Cayley argues that our overpopulated prisons are more reflective of a society that is becoming increasingly polarized than of an actual surge in crime. This book considers proven alternatives to imprisonment that emphasize settlement-oriented techniques over punishment, and move us towards a ...more
Paperback, 406 pages
Published October 10th 1998 by House of Anansi Press
(first published October 1st 1997)
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For someone like me who had only heard of the growing “prison industrial complex,” this book was a great introduction to the topic. In the first part of the book, Cayley gives a good overview of why prisons are expanding. He lays out what he understands are the foundational rationales for imprisonment today. The third part of the book (and close to half of the entire book) goes into exploring alternatives to the current way of administering justice. The alternatives Cayley presents are all ...more