More Punishment for the Buck: Arizona's Fiscal Politics and the Making of a Contemporary Penal Regime

Mona Lynch, San Jose State University

A major feature of Arizona political culture is fiscal conservatism, in which economic frugality is lauded as a goal in nearly all spheres of state and local governance. This feature, combined with a co-existing and long-standing punitive political culture, has contributed to the development of a particularly harsh state penal system over the past 30 years. This paper will illustrate several instances where these forces have shaped contemporary penality in Arizona.

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Updated 05/20/2006