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Portable Prisons

Electronic Monitoring and the Creation of Carceral Territory

by (author) James Gacek

Publisher
McGill-Queen's University Press
Initial publish date
Jan 2022
Category
Sentencing, Criminology
  • Paperback / softback

    ISBN
    9780228008286
    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $37.95
  • Hardback

    ISBN
    9780228008279
    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $120.00
  • eBook

    ISBN
    9780228009443
    Publish Date
    Jan 2022
    List Price
    $37.95

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The pervasiveness of surveillance, punishment, and control within and outside of spaces such as jails, prisons, and detention centres suggests that the carceral is becoming an increasingly prevalent presence in our lives, going beyond historical standards. The contemporary use of electronic monitoring extends carceral territory beyond prison walls, into people’s homes and everyday lives.

Empirically and empathetically driven, Portable Prisons is a telling exploration of the electronic monitoring of offenders based on an ethnographic case study from Scotland. Electronic monitoring must be understood – in both intent and effect – as a carceral practice, an expression of the carceral state and its overreaching punitive capabilities. James Gacek demonstrates that various people experience punishment by means of restrictions around mobility, space, and time in ways that strongly overlap with the reported experiences of interviewed prisoners. Drawing attention to how the neoliberal state outsources the labour of punishment to private corporations and the punished themselves, he also rejects the idea that “soft” punishment is in any way related to the movement for decarceration.

Offering an original contribution to our understanding of the geography of incarceration, Portable Prisons is a sophisticated account of electronic monitoring, underlining the growing significance of this field.

About the author

James Gacek is assistant professor in the Department of Justice Studies at the University of Regina.

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Editorial Reviews

“The most sophisticated theoretical account of electronic monitoring yet made available, Portable Prisons is a work of international significance, and will be of great interest to a wide range of penological and geographical scholars.” Mike Nellis, University of Strathclyde