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Aching desolation: Liverpool prison and the regressive limits of penal reform in England and Wales

Sim, J (2019) Aching desolation: Liverpool prison and the regressive limits of penal reform in England and Wales. Critical and Radical Social Work, 7 (1). pp. 41-58. ISSN 2049-8608

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This article explores the current penal crisis through a case study of Liverpool prison, and the appalling nature of the prison's regime, as documented in January 2018 by HM Inspectorate of Prisons. The dehumanising nature of the regime was not unique as a number of other prisons inspected during 2018 were also shown to be seriously detrimental to the health and safety of prisoners. The article also explores the problematic nature of the state's response to the crisis and the limitations of that response. This raises a number of theoretical and political questions about the abject failure over two centuries of liberal reform. In turn, this failure raises questions about the future, beginning with recognising that the prison should be understood as an institution of the neoliberal state, which is oriented towards criminalising and controlling those on the economic and political margins of a deeply divided, fractured social order.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: This is a post-peer-review, pre-copy edited version of an article published in Critical and Radical Social Work. The definitive publisher-authenticated version is available online at: https://doi.org/10.1332/204986019X15491042559709
Subjects: H Social Sciences > HV Social pathology. Social and public welfare. Criminology > HV8301 Penology. Prisons. Corrections
Divisions: Humanities & Social Science
Publisher: The Policy Press
Date Deposited: 17 May 2019 14:40
Last Modified: 04 Sep 2021 09:24
DOI or ID number: 10.1332/204986019x15491042559709
URI: https://researchonline.ljmu.ac.uk/id/eprint/10716
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