Developments and Next Steps in Theorizing the Secondary Prisonization of Families

  • Megan ComfortEmail author
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Prisons and Penology book series (PSIPP)


Over the last three decades, the USA has experienced a colossal growth in its carceral population, zooming from incarceration rates so moderate in the early 1970s that it was conceivable to anticipate the ‘end of the prison’ (Blumstein et al. in The Dynamics of a Homeostatic Punishment Process 67:317–344, 1977) to rates so high at present that the USA is the world leader in locking its residents behind bars (Institute for Criminal Policy Research in World Prison Brief, 2017).


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.RTI InternationalSan FranciscoUSA

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