Toward Banishment: The Transformation of Urban Social Control

Katherine Beckett and Steve Herbert

in Banished

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9780195395174
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780199943319 | DOI:

Series: Studies in Crime and Public Policy

Toward Banishment: The Transformation of Urban Social Control

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This chapter shows how the social control practices that involve banishment emerge from key political and legal dynamics. It first suggests that banishment emerged as a response to the Supreme Court's invalidation of traditional vagrancy and loitering laws. It then outlines the legal evolution of the techniques that include banishment. The discussion also identifies some techniques that have three distinct and consequential characteristics: they are definitely territorial, they improve police and prosecutorial power, and they widen the range of behaviors that may lead to criminal justice intervention.

Keywords: social control practices; political dynamics; legal dynamics; Supreme Court; legal evolution; criminal justice intervention; prosecutorial power; territorial

Chapter.  10495 words. 

Subjects: Social Theory

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