The questions below are those that I believe prompt a thorough discussion relating to the readings for the unit. You do not have to answer all of the following questions in your replies. However, do reflect on the questions as you read the material because after completing all of the readings, you should be able to answer the entire set of questions.
Dostoevsky offered that the degree of civilization in a society could be judged by entering its prisons. Stern using this as a framing element countered that it was not merely the conditions of a prison, rather the length to which a person is incarcerated. Thus, the civilization of a society can be and should be measured not by the number of those incarcerated but by the length of the terms, those individuals are serving. Do we agree?
Most famous of the points from Stern is that prisons are meant to be costly to a nation. Why?
Comparative Prison Scholars have long argued that the creation of a private prison industry and subsequent growth will be one of the most pressing issues that nations will have to address. Excluding the United States, locate a nation that utilizes a private prison company, what company do they use, and do you agree or disagree with the critics of private prisons?
• Stern, Vivian, Creating Criminals: Prisons and People in a Market Society. 1842775391
• Harding, R. (2012). State monopoly of ‘permitted violation of human rights’: The decision of the Supreme Court of Israel prohibiting the private operation and management of prisons. Punishment & Society,14, 131-146
• Kish and Lipton (2013) – Do Private Prisons Really Offer Savings Compared With Their Public Counterparts. Economic Affairs, 33, 12, 93-107.
The above readings are all required. The questions above are those to be answered but also a summary or opinion. Anything important is also good