Red Zones: Criminal Law and the Territorial Governance of Marginalized People

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Book Review

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Penitentiary System, Prison Conditions, Canada


Red Zones is an original investigation, through quantitative and qualitative data, into the frequency, causes, and consequences of spatiotemporal conditions of release at bail, probation, and conditional sentences. Using an interdisciplinary lens, Marie-Eve Sylvestre (a legal scholar), Nicholas Blomley (a geography scholar), and Céline Bellot (a social work scholar) tell the story of a criminal justice system which has methodically taken control over and regulated peoples’ time and space, leading to both the suppression of individual auto-determination and the erosion of the Canadian system of rights. Resisting the seemingly “normalizing” effect of the widespread use of conditions in the current justice system, the authors uncover the broad implications these conditions have on bodies, identities, society, and the rule of law.