Ironies of Imprisonment examines in-depth an array of problems confronting correctional programs and policies from the author’s singular and consistent critical viewpoint. The book challenges the prevailing logic of mass incarceration and traces the ironies of imprisonment to their root causes, manifesting in social, political, economic, and racial inequality. Unique and accessible, this book promises to stimulate spirited discussion and debate over the use of prisons.
Reproducing Prison Violence
In 2002, John J. Geoghan, a defrocked priest, was sentenced to a prison term of 9 to 10 years for groping a young boy in a Massachusetts swimming pool. Geoghan stood accused of more than 130 cases of sexual abuse dating back to his early days as a priest in the mid-1960s, and his conviction had a cascading effect on the Roman Catholic Church as it faced its darkest crisis in modern history. “In many ways he was a worst case scenario because he was a serial predator whose behavior was facilitated by the hierarchy of the Archdiocese of Boston, and the worst judgments were made in his case,” explained Stephen Pope, a professor of theology at Boston College (Wakin ...