Creating Criminals: Prisons and People In a Market Society| November 24, 2008
When there is a problem in our communities, we often
told that the solution lies in forming new laws that will ban the
unwanted behaviour. That way the people seen as creating the problem
can be removed, prosecuted and punished. This criminalization approach
is being used more and more in communities all over the world. This is
happening at the same time as neo-liberal economic policies are
expanding across the globe.
Vivien Stern has done some investigation into these connections between
neo-liberalism and the creation of crime. She is the author of Creating
Criminals: Prisons and People in a Market Society. Vivien is a senior research fellow at
the School of Law at Kings College London and honorary president of
Penal Reform International.