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Rethinking Imprisonment$
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Richard L. Lippke

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199209125

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199209125.001.0001

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Work, Welfare, and Responsibility

Work, Welfare, and Responsibility

(p.150) 7 Work, Welfare, and Responsibility
Rethinking Imprisonment

Richard L. Lippke

Oxford University Press

This chapter develops the case for ensuring prisoners' access to paid labour with remuneration close to what free labourers earn. It begins with a restatement of the basic conditions of welfare that should be guaranteed to all prisoners. The link between such conditions and access to paid labour is delineated, and the possibility that prisoners should be made to bear the burden of providing for their own basic welfare is broached. It then takes up the question whether prisoners should be viewed as retaining a right to work. It distinguishes between the right of prisoners to control their labour and the right to state facilitation of their labour. The book argues that prisoners retain both rights, but against the notion that prisoners have a duty to work. The terms and conditions of prison labour are then discussed.

Keywords:   prison labour, remuneration, prisoner welfare, paid labour, right to work

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