Human Rights and Incarceration

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


This chapter details how human rights are established, debated, monitored and eroded, in relation to places of incarceration. It sets out the international landscape that may encourage or shame states into human rights conscious activity. It demonstrates how the rights of incarcerated people are continually eroded by state power relations, criminalization practices, cultures of managerialism, and legal processes. Finally, it reflects upon the necessity of reaching beyond legal and institutional responses, towards new forms of decolonizing and feminist social justice. It asserts that human rights values are crucial in working towards the abolition of imprisonment and other forms of incarceration.


Incarceration Human rights Legitimacy Criminalization Managerialism Law Social justice 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institute of CriminologyVictoria University of WellingtonWellingtonNew Zealand

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