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Building the Prison StateRace and the Politics of Mass Incarceration$
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Heather Schoenfeld

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226520964

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226521152.001.0001

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Toward a New Ethos

Toward a New Ethos

(p.217) Chapter Eight Toward a New Ethos
Building the Prison State

Heather Schoenfeld

University of Chicago Press

This chapter concludes by summarizing the story of prison growth in Florida and the political developmental perspective on the carceral state. Additionally, it discusses the implications of the story of Florida for explanations of the carceral state. In particular, it highlights the role of racial projects, partisan politics, federalism, and proceduralism. It also discusses broad lessons for decarceration reform. Finally, it calls for a new ethos on which to base crime control and punishment.

Keywords:   racial project, partisan politics, federalism, proceduralism, decarceration

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