The Globalization of For-Profit Imprisonment: Bentham, Neo-colonialism, and Human Rights

Michael A. Hallett, University of North Florida

This paper explores the "globalization" of for-profit imprisonment by documenting its recent emergence in places ranging from China and North Korea, Africa and Scandanavia, South America and the Middle East, as well as North America. The article builds on earlier work documenting a trans-national commerce in politically and economically dispossessed prisoners in a "first-world" dominated global system of coercive economic production. The UN Declaration on Human Rights is used to critique this global commerce in what amounts to a for-profit system dependent upon human disposession.

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