The Growing Hegemony of Imprisonment

  • Deborah H. Drake
Part of the Critical Criminological Perspectives book series (CCRP)


The exchange of ideas and ways of thinking about common social problems and how to manage them have never been more globally free flowing than in our present times (McLuhan, 1964). With respect to prisons there appears to be an increasing consensus that they are an acceptable means by which problems of crime can be tackled. A growing reliance on the prison has led some to argue that there has been a shift towards penal convergence, though not a complete homogenisation of punishment (Cavadino and Dignan, 2006, p. 438).


Criminal Justice Crime Rate Imprisonment Rate Penal System Penal Policy 
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© Deborah H. Drake 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Deborah H. Drake
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  1. 1.Department of Social Policy and CriminologyThe Open UniversityUK

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