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“Moving into the new millennium: Towards a feminist vision of justice.”

Harris, M. Kay
June 4, 2015

Source: (1991) In Criminology as Peacemaking, ed. Harold E. Pepinsky and Richard Quinney, pp. 83-97. Bloomington, Indiana: Indiana University Press.

Harris looks at how the future might appear if a feminist orientation toward justice was embraced. Her exploration begins with descriptions of two conventional approaches to criminal justice reform, especially as these relate to current trends in criminal justice (e.g., growth in prison populations and resultant issues, intensive supervision alternatives to incarceration, and more). Harris then expands the horizon by bringing feminist consciousness (beliefs, values, experiences) to bear on criminal justice. In particular, she applies three core values of feminism to criminal justice: all people have equal value as human beings; harmony and felicity are more important than power and possession; and the personal is the political.


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