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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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Governing through Expansion

Governing through Expansion

(p.162) 7 Governing through Expansion
Progressive Punishment

Judah Schept

NYU Press

Chapter 7 examines some of the governmental and nongovernmental bodies, processes, and relationships in the county to better understand the political contexts in which the production of carceral knowledge and conversations about expansion occurred. The chapter also looks at some of the contradictions between rhetorical embraces of consensus and practices of exclusion. There was a fluidity of individuals between county and city government bodies, criminal justice institutions, civic leaders, and the nonprofit sector. Frequently, all of them worked together with the mission of making policy and practice more humane and efficient, yet their collaboration had the consequence, whether intended or not, of ensuring that their voices remained dominant in the meaning-making processes of county discourse and the decision-making processes of county politics. The chapter focuses on the structuring of political spaces and discourses so that narratives of expansion were reinforced and insulated while appearing to be open to contestation.

Keywords:   Discourse, Expertise, Knowledge production, Local politics, Non-profit organizations, Power

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