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Title: "Green" prisons: rethinking the "sustainability" of the carceral estate
Authors: Moran, D.
Jewkes, Y.
First Published: 22-Dec-2014
Publisher: Copernicus Publications, Association Suisse de Géographie (ASG), Geographisch-Ethnographische Gesellschaft Zürich (GEGZ)
Citation: Geographica Helvetica, 69, 345-353, 2014
Abstract: This exploratory paper introduces the notion of the "green" prison, uncovering the ways in which environmental sustainability inflects carceral policies and practices. Focusing on the United States, it highlights the construction of an "organizational sustainable development" discourse within the correctional system, and argues that it is the system, rather than the environment, which is being "sustained", through the promulgation of a "green" prison discourse which serves to deflect attention from the mounting human and financial costs of mass incarceration. It examines the ways in which "sustainability" plays out in correctional facilities, narrowly structured around compliance with "green" environmental and energy-related regulations, and the provision of "green-collar" training for inmates. Drawing on architectural geographies and notions of therapeutic landscapes, the paper theorizes an alternative interpretation of the "green" prison as a nurturing environment, but argues that this model functions only in decarcerative settings imbued with a rehabilitative, rather than a retributive, atmosphere.
DOI Link: 10.5194/gh-69-345-2014
ISSN: 0016-7312
eISSN: 2194-8798
Version: Publisher Version
Status: Peer-reviewed
Type: Journal Article
Rights: © Author(s) 2014. This work is distributed under the Creative Commons Attribution 3.0 License.
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