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May 26th, 2020

From the vault: What Are Prisons For?

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Forum for Philosophy

May 26th, 2020

From the vault: What Are Prisons For?

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Estimated reading time: 10 minutes

Christopher Bennett/ Kimberley Brownlee/ Andrew Neilson

 


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Many of those who want a small state are also committed to a highly expensive criminal justice apparatus that has little demonstrable deterrent effect. But are there other, more direct arguments against the use of imprisonment as a dominant form of punishment? If so, what are they? Why do they so often fall on deaf ears? And does the current economic climate make it more likely that those in power will listen?

 

Speakers
Christopher Bennett
Senior Lecturer in Philosophy, University of Sheffield
Kimberley Brownlee
Associate Professor in Legal and Moral Philosophy, University of Warwick
Andrew Neilson
Director of Campaigns, Howard League for Penal Reform

Chair
Peter Dennis
Fellow, Department of Philosophy, Logic and Scientific Method, LSE & Fellow, Fellow, Forum for Philosophy

 

Recorded on 15 March 2016 at the LSE

 

 

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