From Asylum to Prison

From Asylum to Prison

To many, asylums are a relic of a bygone era. State governments took steps between 1950 and 1990 to minimize the involuntary confinement of people in psychiatric hospitals, and many mental health facilities closed down. Yet, as Anne Parsons reveals, the asylum did not die during deinstitutionalization. Instead, it returned in the modern prison industrial complex as the government shifted to a more punitive, institutional approach to social deviance. Parsons shows… (more)

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Publisher: The University of North Carolina Press (September 25, 2018)

Collection: Justice, Power, and Politics

Page count: 240 pages

Language: English


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