About this book


This volume considers the ethics of policing and imprisonment, focusing particularly on mass incarceration and police shootings in the United States. The contributors consider the ways in which non-ideal features of the criminal justice system—features such as the prevalence of guns in America, political pressures, considerations of race and gender, and the lived experiences of people in jails and prisons—impinge upon conclusions drawn from more idealized models of punishment and law enforcement. There are a number of common themes running throughout the chapters. One is the contrast between idealism and realism about justice. Another is the attention to harmful consequences, not only of prisons themselves, but to the events that often precede incarceration, including encounters with police and pre-trial detention. A third theme is the legacy of racism in the United States and the role that the criminal justice system plays in perpetuating racial oppression.


police tactics mass incarceration public scrutiny prison criminal justice

Editors and affiliations

  • Molly Gardner
    • 1
  • Michael Weber
    • 2
  1. 1.Bowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA
  2. 2.Bowling Green State UniversityBowling GreenUSA

About the editors

Molly Gardner is Assistant Professor of Philosophy at Bowling Green State University, USA. 

Michael Weber is Professor of Philosophy and the Chair of the Philosophy Department at Bowling Green State University, USA. 

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title The Ethics of Policing and Imprisonment
  • Editors Molly Gardner
    Michael Weber
  • Series Title Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Palgrave Studies in Ethics and Public Policy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information The Editor(s) (if applicable) and The Author(s) 2018
  • Publisher Name Palgrave Macmillan, Cham
  • eBook Packages Religion and Philosophy Philosophy and Religion (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-97769-0
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-030-07400-5
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-97770-6
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages IX, 216
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Political Philosophy
    Social Philosophy
    Philosophy of Law
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