In three parts, this volume in the AP-LS series explores the phenomena of captivity and risk management, guided and informed by the theory, method, and policy of psychological jurisprudence. The authors present a controversial thesis that demonstrates how the forces of captivity and risk
management are sustained by several interdependent "conditions of control." These conditions impose barriers to justice and set limits on citizenship for one and all. Situated at the nexus of political/social theory, mental health law and jurisprudential ethics, the book examines and critiques
constructs such as offenders and victims; self and society; therapeutic and restorative; health; harm; and community. So, too, are three "total confinement" case law data sets on which this analysis is based.
The volume stands alone in its efforts to systematically "diagnose" the moral reasoning lodged within prevailing judicial opinions that sustain captivity and risk management practices impacting: (1) the rights of juveniles found competent to stand criminal trial, the mentally ill placed in long-term
disciplinary isolation, and sex offenders subjected to civil detention and community re-entry monitoring; (2) the often unmet needs of victims; and (3) the demands of an ordered society. Carefully balancing sophisticated insights with concrete and cutting-edge applications, the book concludes with a
series of provocative, yet practical, recommendations for future research and meaningful reform within institutional practice, programming, and policy.
The Ethics of Total Confinement is a thought-provoking and timely must-read for anyone interested in the ethical and legal issues regarding madness, citizenship, and social justice.
"The provocative thesis of this book develops psychological jurisprudence to conceptualize the ethics of existing total confinement practices, aspiring to greater justice and human flourishing for all. A timely intervention of this kind is most welcome." --George Pavlich, Associate Vice-President (Research), Professor of Law and Sociology, University of Alberta
About the Authors:
Bruce A. Arrigo, Ph.D. is Professor of Criminology, Law, and Societ in the Department of Criminal Justice and Criminology at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte. Heather Y. Bersot, M.S., earned a Master of Science degree in Criminal Justice from the University of North Carolina at
Charlotte. Brian G. Sellers, M.S., is an instructor and doctoral student in the Department of Criminology at the University of South Florida.