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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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Seeing like a Jail, 1

Seeing like a Jail, 1

Evidence and Expertise

(p.125) 5 Seeing like a Jail, 1
Progressive Punishment

Judah Schept

NYU Press

Chapters 5 and 6 examine the production of local knowledge about crime and incarceration to better account for the role of that knowledge in shaping the county’s carceral politics. Chapter 5 looks at the circulation of technocratic discourses in and through local experts and media that restructured local knowledge into support for the justice campus and other expansionist policies. One longer section within the chapter examines the discourse of evidence-based practices and considers the ways that both supporters of expansion and community organizers opposed to it approached the discursive terrain of such specialized and technocratic language.

Keywords:   Discourse, Epistemology, Evidence-based practices, Expertise, Knowledge

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