|Summary||Imprisonment is probably the most common form of punishment in contemporary societies. Yet, imprisonment has received little attention from moral philosophers, especially in comparison to other modes of punishment, such as capital punishment. This is surprising, especially since imprisonment gives rise to many philosophical and ethical questions. Should prisoners be allowed to work? Should prisoners retain their political rights? Does prisoners have moral rights to access certain forms recreation and entertainment? Do we owe special moral duties towards families and children to prison inmates? Should prisoners retain their right to privacy? Can extensive and prolonged solitary confinement be morally defensible at all? Nowadays, most notably in the U.S, the presence of private prisons raises further questions about the limits - if there are any - of markets. The books listed in the below provide a good starting point for anyone who wishes to engage the ethics of imprisonment. Lippke's book is a monograph and develops and defends a retributivist account of imprisonment. He deals explicitly with such issues as prison work, prison visists, prisoners political rights, rights to entertainment and recreation, among other topics. The other three are recent edited volumes.|
 R. Lippke, Rethinking Imprisonment Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2007  A. Dzur, I. Loader and R. Sparks (eds), Democratic Theory and Mass Incarceration’ Oxford, Oxford University Press, 2016
 C. Surprenant (ed.), Policing and Punishment: Philosophical Problems and Policy Solutions. Routledge, 2017
. M. Garder and Weber M (eds) The Ethics of Policing and Imprisonment. Spring Verlag, 2018
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