Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Abolitionist Perspective

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What are the strengths and weaknesses of abolitionist perspectives?
This essay seeks to explore the strengths and weaknesses of the abolitionist perspectives in the Singaporean context. The critique of abolitionism in this essay is targeted at specific elements of the criminal justice system. Four common themes of the abolitionist perspectives will be applied to the Singaporean case: domestic violence, interactions with youth crime, discretionary capital punishment, and racialization of imprisonment. The value of the abolitionists argument stems from the criticism made to hegemonies about penal institutions, practices, and processes. Discretionary capital punishment presents itself as the most compelling argument for abolitionism in this respect.
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David Garland (2013) recognize and notes the disproportionate amount of Black African Americans and Hispanics representing the bulk of the prison population. Alice Goffman (2014) in her highly controversial qualitative account ethnic minority communities, she argues that there is institutional racism against ethnic minorities especially that of the interactions with penal institutions. We all know this as the ‘great’ American ‘mass incarceration’. However, Wacquant (2009, p. 35) argues that a more critical and accurate comprehension of the prison problem in American can be understood from a “hyper-incarceration". There is a specific target of an ethnic minority that bears the burden of imprisonment and institutionalized racism. Prisons are especially welcoming of the destitute population as they become the weakest among the vulnerable population. As is evident, Singapore is a highly racialized society. The application of the difference in treatment along racial lines as mentioned by the academics will definitely yield an interesting

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