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The Borders of PunishmentMigration, Citizenship, and Social Exclusion$
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Katja Franko Aas and Mary Bosworth

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780199669394

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2013

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199669394.001.0001

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Hubs and Spokes: The Transformation of the British Prison

Hubs and Spokes: The Transformation of the British Prison

(p.166) 9 Hubs and Spokes: The Transformation of the British Prison
The Borders of Punishment

Emma Kaufman

Oxford University Press

In 2006, the UK government initiated a wide-scale restructuring of both its migration control apparatus and its prison system, culminating in a broad new policy on foreign national prisoners, which establishes special prisons for ‘non-citizens’ and deputizes prison staff to act as quasi-immigration agents. Dubbed ‘hubs and spokes’, the new policy also ‘embeds’ immigration officials in penal institutions and obliges prisons to hold prisoners beyond the length of their criminal sentences. This chapter examines how such an expansive penal policy came to pass and what it can tell scholars about the meaning of imprisonment. It argues that the prison is a key — and too often overlooked — site for migration control.

Keywords:   migration control, migration policy, prison system, foreign national prisoners, immigration officials, prisoners, penal policy

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