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.
War on Terror and the Misuse of Detention
In the days following the attacks on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon, hundreds of Middle Eastern men—across the United States—were swept up by law enforcement agents in search of persons involved in terror-related crimes. Muhammad Rafiq Butt was one of those individuals caught in the dragnet. Butt, a native of Pakistan, was arrested in South Ozone Park, Queens, New York, for overstaying his visitor visa. Swiftly he was transported to New Jersey where he was detained in the Hudson County Correctional Center. It took the FBI a day to determine that it had no interest in him for its investigation into terrorism. He chose to appear at his ...