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Progressive PunishmentJob Loss, Jail Growth and the Neoliberal Logic of Carceral Expansion$
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Judah Schept

Print publication date: 1942

Print ISBN-13: 9781479810710

Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: May 2016

DOI: 10.18574/nyu/9781479810710.001.0001

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“A Lockdown Facility … with the Feel of a Small, Private College”

“A Lockdown Facility … with the Feel of a Small, Private College”

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Progressive Punishment

Judah Schept

NYU Press

Chapter 4 looks at the discourses and practices of juvenile justice policy in the county. A new and large juvenile facility enjoyed substantial and passionate support in the community, including from the few local leaders suspicious of or hesitant about the overall justice campus proposal. Through discourses of child saving, racialized notions of so-called real criminals inhabiting facilities outside of the city, and a belief in the capacity of the community to create benevolent institutions, local officials at once imagined an exceptional community capable of extraordinary incarceration and relied on racial and class tropes from prior eras to justify increased detention of youth. This chapter looks at the expansion of both institutional and non-institutional capacity for adjudicated youth as reflecting once again the work neoliberal punishment performs in structuring its own reproduction.

Keywords:   Carceral humanism, Child saving, Culture of poverty, Juvenile justice, Youth shelter

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