Article

Civilizing Imprisonment: The Limits of Scottish Penal Exceptionalism

Citation

Brangan L (2019) Civilizing Imprisonment: The Limits of Scottish Penal Exceptionalism. British Journal of Criminology, 59 (4), pp. 780-799. https://doi.org/10.1093/bjc/azy057

Abstract
Focusing on imprisonment in Scotland during the 1980s–1990s, and drawing on extensive archival research, documentary analysis and interviews with seven retired civil servants and prison governors, this article is the first to provide an historical and analytical account of Scottish penal exceptionalism. It is argued that although not being punitive in its penal transformation, Scotland cannot rightly be defined as a historically moderate and humane exception when it comes to its prison system. Instead it is shown how the Scottish power to imprison was modernized and made more civilized, allowing prison's inevitable pains to be denied and submerged.

Keywords
British penal history; Scotland; prison policy; penal transformation

Journal
British Journal of Criminology: Volume 59, Issue 4

StatusPublished
FundersUniversity of Edinburgh
Publication date31/07/2019
Publication date online03/01/2019
Date accepted by journal03/01/2019
URLhttp://hdl.handle.net/1893/30695
ISSN0007-0955
eISSN1464-3529