Hard Time: Reforming the Penitentiary in Nineteenth-Century Canada
Tracing the rise and evolution of Canadian penitentiaries in thenineteenth century, Hard Time examines the concepts ofcriminality and rehabilitation, the role of labour in penal regimes,and the problem of violence. Linking the lives of prisoners to thepolitical economy and to movements for social change, McCoy depicts ahistory of oppression in which prisoners paid dearly for the reciprocalfailures of the institution and of the reform vision. Revealing adeeply problematic institution entrenched in the landscape of Westernsociety, McCoy redraws the boundaries within which we understand thepenitentiary's influence.
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