Addressing the “inherent” philosophical and operational dichotomies of corrections from an EpiCrim approach

Authored by: Mark M. Lanier , David Polizzi , Alexandra L. Wade

The Routledge Handbook of International Crime and Justice Studies

Print publication date:  August  2013
Online publication date:  August  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415781787
eBook ISBN: 9780203837146
Adobe ISBN: 9781136868504


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Regardless of philosophical underpinnings, the single inescapable fact is that inmates are segregated and purposefully isolated from the rest of society. In fact, by definition and design, that is what defines an inmate. In the health professions it is analogous to isolating a disease-causing vector, or pathology, both within the host body or segregating the contagious diseased person from the larger social body. This neglected similarity is where public health and criminal justice may mutually benefit from a synthesis of experiences, practices and theory. This chapter outlines how this synthesis can be achieved.

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