Caring and the Prison in Philosophy, Policy and Practice: Under Lock and Key

Helen Brown Coverdale identifies the obscured presence of caring practices in prisons, and discusses how a care ethics perspective may be used to reframe penal theory.

She argues that this provides a more accurate view of the prison, including the realities of both penal care and penal violence, allowing us to critique both. Care ethics can further help identify and evaluate practical responses to immediate needs and long-term structural problems of prison and punishment.

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About the author: Helen Brown Coverdale

Dr Helen Brown Coverdale is teaching Fellow in Political Theory at the UCL School of Public Policy Department of Political Science in the UK

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